WASHINGTON – Top lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday asked the FBI and the White House to turn over any tapes and memoranda concerning any exchange or conversation between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.
Separately, four key members of the committee wrote to the FBI and the White House seeking documents detailing those communications between the president and Comey, in light of the latest revelations about the law enforcement agency’s investigation into Russian interference in the November election or contacts with Trump campaign officials.
“We ought to have a whole picture of all the memos that Comey has written throughout the investigations that started under the Obama administration and went on into this administration,” said Republican Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the committee.
“So we get a complete picture and we can tell exactly the legitimacy of all these stories coming out of the FBI,” he added.
Earlier on Wednesday Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that it is “obvious” that there are people who want to “harm” Trump by leaking documents prepared by Comey about alleged pressure exerted on him by the mogul.
“We need the facts. It is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president and that means before rushing to judgment we (must) get all the pertinent information,” Ryan told reporters, commenting on the revelations made by The New York Times about Trump’s request for Comey to end the FBI investigation into the links between the Kremlin and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Ryan said that Congress will call Comey to testify after the FBI chief was abruptly fired by Trump last week in the middle of the FBI investigation into the connections between Russian officials and Trump’s presidential campaign.
The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday asked the FBI for all documents prepared by Comey regarding his conversations with Trump.
The Times reported that Comey wrote in a memo that Trump told him that “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go,” referring to the Flynn investigation.
The Democrats in Congress have emphasized the seriousness of the accusations of Russian involvement in the election, not to mention the accusations that Trump tried to obstruct justice, and have demanded an independent investigation into the matter.
The top lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday invited Comey to testify in both open and closed hearings regarding the investigation he was heading.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr, the committee chairman, and the assistant chairman, Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, announced in a statement that they had sent a new letter to Comey, who had rejected their previous invitation because he wanted to testify in public, not exclusively in private.
The request came after The New York Times revealed on Tuesday the existence of a memo Comey had written showing Trump’s attempt to obstruct the FBI’s Russia investigation.