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Two GOP Congressmen Suggest Trump May Have Committed Impeachable Offense

18 Mai 2017

Lawmakers have called for more information after reports that President Donald Trump asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop an investigation of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Chaffetz told NBC News that if the memo exists and accurately recorded the conversation, "that seems like an extraordinary use of influence to try to shut down an investigation being done by the FBI". It's unclear whether Rosenstein, who started his new position only a few weeks ago, was privy to the communication.

Many have called for a special prosecutor to lead the FBI's probe in Russia's links with the Trump campaign. GOP committee chairmen in the House and Senate issued invitations Wednesday for Comey to testify in open session on Capitol Hill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seconded the call to hear from the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

His tweets came after the White House denied reports that Mr Trump had told Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergei Kislyak about a terrorist plot involving laptop computers on airplanes.

"We need to have all the facts and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo".

Comey reportedly took detailed notes about all his meetings with Trump, and Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah demanded Tuesday that the FBI turn these memos over to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as part of their Russian Federation investigation.

Meanwhile, the opposition Democrats demanded an investigation into the allegations and Trump's relations with Russian Federation.

If the Trump administration deemed it appropriate, Putin said Russian Federation could hand over a transcript of Trump's meeting with Lavrov to US lawmakers to reassure them that no secrets were revealed. "You know that, I know that".

They made the recommendation over the former FBI director's handling of the investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email server.

There are multiple open investigations into possible Trump-Russia ties.

When Comey was deputy attorney general, in 2003, he appointed special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald to lead an investigation into whether George W. Bush administration officials illegally leaked the name of Central Intelligence Agency operative Valerie Plame to a journalist. The existence of the memo was first reported Tuesday by The New York Times.

Comey's testimony in March suggested that he has not softened in the past 12 years.

"Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media", he said. That came hours after The New York Times reported on a memo authored by Comey that said Trump asked the then-FBI director end his investigation into Flynn.

On "GMA", Schiff said Congress is prepared to issue a subpoena to obtain Comey's memo and launch an investigation if necessary.

"I'm convinced that the president did nothing that he thought was outside the best interest of the country", said Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.

Risch insisted the "real story" is leaks coming out of the administration.

Two GOP Congressmen Suggest Trump May Have Committed Impeachable Offense