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Senate Committees Ramp Up Trump Probes

By in Huffington Post on May 17, 2017

By Michael McAuliff

WASHINGTON ― Two Senate committees ratcheted up the pressure on President Donald Trump’s administration Wednesday, sending bipartisan requests for the FBI to turnover fired Director James Comey’s notes, and for Comey to testify.

The Senate Intelligence Committee had already been considering a request to have Comey testify in public after he refused to do so behind closed doors.

But with revelations that Comey kept memos about his conversations with Trump ― including one in which Trump allegedly asked Comey to drop a probe into fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn ― the Intelligence and Judiciary committees pulled the trigger issuing multiple requests.

One intelligence panel request from Chairman Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) asks to testify both in public and in a closed session of the Intelligence Committee. The public session could prove explosively damaging to Trump if the contents of the Comey’s memo are even close to the New York Times reporting of it.

Burr and Warner’s second request asks Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to deliver any notes or memos drawn up by Comey “regarding any communications he may have had with senior White House and Department of Justice officials related to investigations into Russia’s efforts.”

Separately, the Judiciary Committee wrote to McCabe asking for all of Comey’s notes about the Russian investigations, as well as conversations involving the Hillary Clinton email probes.

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