In response to fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the House Select Intelligence Committee Friday, they are demanding he hand over any memos of his conversations with President Donald Trump.
The committee announced that Reps. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) wrote to Comey in the wake of the testimony, requesting “any notes or memoranda in his possession memorializing discussions Comey had with President Trump.” The request comes as part of the committee’s own investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, Breitbart reports.
The request comes after Comey made the startling admission that he leaked his memos to his friend Columbia Law Professor Daniel Richman at Columbia University so that he could then share them with the media and prompt a special counsel for the Russia investigation. It raised the question of why he shared them with a contact, and the media, but not with Congress.
Richman is a former federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and has been a consultant with the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury, according to his Columbia biography. Among his areas of expertise are criminal adjudication and federal criminal law.
His bio also lists him as an adviser to Comey and says his “scholarly writings include more than 30 law review articles. He has offered testimony as an expert in a number of congressional hearings, and state, federal, and international criminal and civil matters.”
Richman was a vocal supporter of Comey last fall, as the FBI director revealed in October that the bureau was reviewing a new batch of emails linked to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton that appeared to be pertinent to the earlier investigation into her use of a private server, NBC News reports.
The most significant of the memos included one partially leaked to the New York Times, saying that Trump had asked Comey to end the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
“I hope you can let this go,” Trump reportedly said to Comey, according to the memo — parts of which were read to the Times.
In May, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) wrote to the FBI in his capacity as head of the House Oversight Committee, requesting copies of any such memos.
The House committee also wrote to White House Counsel Don McGahn Friday, requesting any recordings or memos of the conversations that President Trump may have. This request appears to be in response to a tweet Trump sent in which he warned Comey that he should hope there are no “tapes” of their conversations.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
The Committee requested the documents by June 23.