Al Green represents Texas's 9th congressional district
20 May, 2017, 04:46
The Senate Intelligence Committee has formally asked former FBI Director James Comey to turn over any and all memos pertaining to his conversations with Donald Trump.
Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA) sent the ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director a letter asking him to testify in both open and closed sessions.
It also said it had asked Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to send any notes or other memos prepared by Comey about communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to the investigation into Russian Federation and the election. "I hope you can let this go", Mr. Trump told Mr. Comey about Mr. Flynn in an Oval Office meeting in February, according to Mr. Comey's recollection of the meeting in the memo shared with his colleagues at the agency, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. "The president is not above the law", Green said in his address to Congress.
Amash became the first Republican lawmaker to raise the specter of impeachment.
The White House quickly responded, saying it never asked Comey or anyone else to end the investigation into Flynn.
Another New York Times report revealed that the United States ally from whom the information Mr Trump shared originated was Israel. House Speaker Paul Ryan supported the request, however neither have asked for a hearing with Mr Comey or McCabe as yet. "But I think we're in impeachment territory now for the first time". "There are a lot of unanswered questions", Ryan said.
Top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff suggested Wednesday that Comey should testify in Congress. "It is obvious that there are some people out there that want to hurt the president".
Defending Trump's actions, officials played down the importance and secrecy of the information, which had been supplied by Israel under an intelligence-sharing agreement, and Trump himself said he had "an absolute right" as president to share "facts pertaining to terrorism" and airline safety with Russian Federation. "And the acting director just said the other day that no one has tried to impede that investigation", he told reporters at a news conference.
In a tweet Tuesday, Trump said he had an "absolute right" to share the information, and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said he is not concerned that information sharing among allies would stop.