The top Republican and Democrat on the House oversight committee are applauding the choice of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead the Justice Department's investigation into allegations of collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Tuesday also asked for any documents written by Comey describing his communications with Mr. Trump.
Comey's memos - which reportedly detail a request from Trump to "let go" of the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn - are in hot demand by multiple committees on the Hill.
The Republican-led House oversight committee said Wednesday it plans to invite fired FBI Director James Comey to a May 24 hearing, amid questions on whether President Trump tried to interfere with the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 race.
Sen. Charles Grassley, the chairman of the committee, and Democratic Sen.
The Judiciary Committee letter to the White House mentioned the Times article, saying "the article alleged that Mr. Comey had memorialized a conversation with the President in which the President made statements that have been interpreted as asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to clear Mr. Flynn of alleged wrongdoing". In one letter, the committee asked Comey to testify in both open and closed sessions. The FBI is investigating to determine whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation, although no evidence to support the allegation has surfaced.
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A USA official who confirmed the disclosure to The Associated Press said the revelation potentially put the source at risk. The CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have declined to comment.
Chaffetz rose to national prominence as a public face of GOP efforts to probe Clinton's activities in advance of the 2016 election.
"What I have been doing is trying to give the chairman space to heal and then we have to figure out what to do", Cummings said.
"That was not an accurate representation of that meeting", White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of the report, based on a source who purportedly had Comey's notes or memo of the exchange.
In a separate letter, Rosenstein argued that it was his transgressions over the Clinton email investigation that were the cause of his dismissal, while laying out the reasons for Comey's firing.
Ever since the tweet, Democrats and members of the news media have asking about the existence of such recordings, but the White House has not confirmed they exist.