Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who chairs the House Oversight Committee, is ready and able to issue a subpoena to get a memo reportedly written by former FBI Director James Comey. The memo, according to multiple sources, gives details of a meeting President Trump had with Comey in which he asked the director to end the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
There are Democrats who have accused the president of obstructing justice through using his position to impede the investigation into Flynn’s potential collusion with Russia. Both Flynn and Comey were eventually fired by the president.
Chaffetz announced last month that he is not running for re-election, so he may not feel the same pressure that other Republicans on Capitol Hill feel. He told NBC News on Tuesday that he is drafting the subpoena. “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,” he said. “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.”
Later on Tuesday, a letter was published in which Chaffetz asked the acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe to provide “no later than May 24, 2017, all memoranda, notes, summaries and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President.”
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Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and also has the power to issue a subpoena, did not express the same level of interest in the memo. He urged the New York Times to release a copy of any memo if the have one. Burr is expected to run for re-election. The Times reported that they do not have the memo, but were read portions of it by Comey associates.
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