The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday requested that the FBI turn over memos written by fired FBI Director James Comey relating to conversations he had with President Trump, as well as any memos pertaining to former President Obama.
Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, and Vice Chairman U.S. Sen.
Chaffetz, who until now has seemed reluctant to investigate the Trump administration, has already scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, May 24, at 9:30 am - the same day the committee is supposed to receive Comey's memos.
The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday evening requested a copy of recently FBI Director Comey's memorandum on the Flynn investigation following The New York Times report stating that Comey documented in a memorandum the contents of a February meeting with President Donald Trump in which the president told Comey that he hoped the Bureau would not pursue the Flynn investigation.
"On several occasions - through at least four letters to Chairman Goodlatte, and in debate on three separate resolutions of inquiry debated in the Judiciary Committee - we have called for the Majority to take action 'to ensure the integrity and independence of both the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation'".
Shortly before leaving office, former President Barack Obama imposed additional sanctions on Russian Federation after receiving information from the intelligence community suggesting the country tried to sabotage Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign.
"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", the New York Times reported Trump said, citing the Comey memo.
"What I have been doing is trying to give the chairman space to heal and then we have to figure out what to do", Cummings said. The FBI is investigating to determine whether Trump or his associates colluded with Russian Federation, although no evidence to support the allegation has surfaced. "Last week, the President tweeted a message implying that the White House may have audio recordings of interactions with Mr. Comey".
President Trump's "showboat" comment about James Comey drew instant pushback from the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Chaffetz's powerful committee has wide authority to investigate possible misconduct in the executive branch and the Utah Republican had been under increasing pressure to probe the growing number of scandals in the young Trump residency.
Fox News also confirmed Wednesday the existence of the Comey memo.