US Senate panel demands Comey's memos and Trump's tapes as controversy escalates

James Comey

James Comey

Angry over the steady stream of leaks from within his administration, he suggested that Comey jail journalists for publishing classified information and expressed his hope that the FBI director would drop the ongoing investigation into Flynn.

House Republican Justin Amash of MI said that it may have been an abuse of his office.

"As long as this continues it is hard to stand behind him", he said. They're also asking whether Comey memorialized any other conversations during the Obama presidency or whether he only made a decision to take notes about Trump.

Republicans like Senator Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, tried to remain upbeat.

The daily, citing two people familiar with the case, said Flynn told the presidential transition team's chief lawyer Don McGahn about the investigation on January 4 - weeks before assuming the highly sensitive post.

During a commencement address at the US Coast Guard Academy, Trump urged graduating cadets to follow his example and "fight, fight, fight".

The turmoil spilled into financial markets. Major U.S. stock indexes tumbled the most in eight months, while the CBOE Volatility Index jumped the most since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union.

He reportedly shared this memo with top Federal Bureau of Investigation associates.

While we hope that Congress will be serious about its constitutional oversight role, we believe the issues raised by the Comey memos are so vital that the public should have access to them without delay.

This would not be the first time Comey had the foresight to document an exchange that later sparked a major White House controversy.

Israel fuming at US's concern over embassy move to Jerusalem
On Sunday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised eyebrows when he spoke of "a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine". The most recent waiver — signed by former President Barack Obama — expires on June 1.

The Senate Intelligence Committee said on May 17 that it has asked Comey to testify and also has asked his replacement, Andrew McCabe, to turn over any notes or memos about communication between the White House and the Justice Department about the Russian Federation investigation.

Before he was sacked after just 24 days on the job, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn rejected a military plan seven months in the making to retake Raqqa, Syria, from the Islamic State, a plan that went against the wishes of Turkey - a country whose interests Flynn was being paid $530,000 to represent, McClatchy DC reported Wednesday night. He's had unprecedented obstruction from the Democrats and the media.

Ryan said he told fellow House Republicans during a private meeting not to rush to judgement. "Our job is to be responsible, sober and focus only on gathering the facts".

The New York Times published Wednesday another bombshell damaging to the Trump administration, and once again it depends on anonymous sources.

Republicans in Congress are trying to project a business-as-usual approach amid the chaos.

Mr. Trump called his meeting with Santos "productive", as he said future meetings will be. Chuck Grassley and ranking Democratic member Sen. That began to change after Trump fired Comey and continued this week. Then, in a telling sign the temperature was going up, he said at a GOP dinner Tuesday night that the Trump situation has reached "Watergate size and scale". We do know from press accounts that there was ambiguity about the conversations.

Democrats were far less sparing in their criticism and repeated demands for a special prosecutor.

Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT, a member of the Judiciary Committee, called the memo as reported "powerful evidence of obstruction of justice".

They asked the White House to turn over 'records of interactions with former Director Comey, including any audio recordings'.

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