United States House of Representatives Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz is demanding the FBI hand over all documents detailing communications between President Donald Trump and fired agency Director James Comey within the next week.
The Utah Republican's request Tuesday comes after an explosive New York Times report that Trump asked Comey to put a stop to a federal investigation into his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
If true, these memoranda raise questions as to whether the president attempted to influence or impede the FBI's investigation as it relates to Lt. Gen. Flynn, Chaffetz wrote to acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
So the committee can consider that question and others, provide, no later than May 24, 2017, all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring to or relating to any communications between Comey and the president.
Comey detailed the conversation with Trump in a memo, reportedly one of several documents the former FBI chief wrote as he attempted to create a paper trail about his interactions with the president.
“I hope you can let this go,” the president told Comey, according to the New York Times report
Chaffetz has threatened to issue a subpoena if the FBI doesn't hand over the Comey memo willingly.
The Oversight Committee is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists, Chaffetz tweeted. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready.
A chorus of Democrats and Republicans have also called on Comey to testify publicly about the memo and his other interactions with Trump as soon as possible.