A report by the Huffington Post states that Jason Chaffetz is ready to send a subpoena for the James Comey memo that allegedly claims President Trump asked the former FBI director to stop the investigation into Michael Flynn.
“If the memo exists, I need to see it and I need to see it right away. We are drafting the necessary paperwork to get the memo, so we will find out in a hurry if it’s there. I do have the ability to unilaterally issue a subpoena if need be ― hopefully, if this memo exists, they will turn it over voluntarily and swiftly, but we are writing a request as we speak.”
????Chaffetz to NBC:”If the memo exists, I need to see it and I need to see it right away. We are drafting the necessary paperwork to get [it]” pic.twitter.com/rF2g8qWm7v
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) May 16, 2017
In the hopes that the FBI does voluntarily turn over the information that Chaffetz has requested, Chaffetz sent a letter to the acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe in which he asks that “no later than May 24, 2017, all memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President.”
A report by the Boston Globe discusses the potential scandal that is developing against President Trump in regards to the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn’s relationship with high-level officials in Russia. During an Oval Office meeting in February, it is claimed that President Trump spoke with former FBI Director James Comey about closing the investigation into Flynn.
Shortly after the meeting, Comey wrote the memo that is the subject of Chaffetz’s subpoena. In this memo, Trump allegedly says, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
The Trump administration has denied that Trump said what it is being claimed he said in the memo.
“While the president has repeatedly expressed his view that Gen. Flynn is a decent man who served and protected our country, the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving Gen. Flynn. The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey.”
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified to the Senate last week and in his testimony, he stated, “There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date.”
If the events in the memo happened in the way that Comey says, President Trump would find himself likely being impeached by the House of Representatives. The basis for impeachment would be on a charge of obstruction of justice. Obstruction of justice was on of the articles of impeachment that were drawn up against Bill Clinton when he was impeached in 1998.
— CNN (@CNN) May 17, 2017
Of all the potential scandals surrounding the Trump administration, the Comey memo is the one that has the highest likelihood of leading to an impeachment. According to John McCain, Trump’s scandals are “reaching Watergate size and scale.”
@SenJohnMcCain at IRI dinner now- “We’ve seen this movie before. It’s reaching Watergate size and scale….This is not good for the country.”
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) May 17, 2017
Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, weighed in on the Comey memo to Fox News.
“We need the facts. There are a lot of unanswered questions.”
Do you think the information in the Comey memo is true? Will this scandal lead to President Trump being removed from office?
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