Beyer Responds to Furor Over Reported Comey Memo

Congress was inflamed Wednesday by news Comey took notes alleging Trump asked him to halt the FBI's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation. But the swirling questions about his conduct were clearly on his mind when he told graduates at the US Coast Guard Academy in CT that "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly".

The political avalanche that consumed President Richard Nixon and forced him to resign in August 1974 gained steam more than a year after it was revealed that one of Nixon's most loyal aides had recorded White House attempts to stop the FBI investigation into the Watergate break-in in a series of memoranda.

Comey has been invited to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next week.

I will help you pass your agenda now that the GOP controls Washington!

The White House is disputing a report that President Donald Trump asked Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump's firing last week of Comey raised concerns about whether the president was trying to sideline the Russia probe, which is examining Russian ties to his 2016 presidential campaign. On Tuesday night and Wednesday, House and Senate committees issued demands to the White House and the FBI for documents related to communications between the bureau and President Trump, including memos written by former director Comey.

November 6: Trump criticizes Comey's second letter to Congress, saying Clinton was being protected by a "rigged system" and pronouncing her "guilty", despite the FBI's conclusion that criminal charges were unwarranted. White House counsel represent the institution of the presidency, not Donald Trump himself, much as corporate general counsel represent their company and not CEOs. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee also planned to ask Comey to testify, The Hill reported.

"Comey had the foresight to write that email and then, when he left the DOJ, to print it out an put in into the file and hold onto it until four years later, when the New York Times went to write about his", said Miller. "We had a very successful meeting with the foreign minister of Russian Federation", he told reporters firing a hail of questions at him.

Russian president Vladimir Putin offered on Wednesday to release notes of Donald Trump's discussions with Russian diplomats last week during which the USA president is accused of revealing classified information.

What tapes of the exchange detailed in the Comey memo exist? Putin told a news conference he would be willing to turn over notes of Trump's meeting with the Russian diplomats if the White House agreed.

"Earlier in his speech, Mr Green had denied suggestions he was calling for President Trump's impeachment "for political purposes", saying he simply "[believes] in the great ideals that this country stands for".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly insisted on Wednesday that President Donald Trump has been "very clear" that he had never tried to influence an FBI investigation into Russia's interference in the USA election. "You can't let them get you down", he said.

"We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to request this memo", said Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong. We also urgently need a special prosecutor to find the truth of the larger Trump-Russia story.



Other news