The FBI is dragging its feet about turning over documents to the House Oversight Committee relating to former Director James Comey’s communications with President Trump.
The delay is reportedly out of concern with how the memos might impact the work of the special counsel, headed by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who is investigating the ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) had set the deadline as May 24.
Comey reportedly kept notes on all his conversations with President Trump, and Chaffetz and Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings had requested the memos be released to the committee.
Thursday Assistant Director Gregory Brower in the FBI’s Office of Congressional Affairs sent a letter to Chaffetz, requesting more time before it releases the documents.
“In light of this development and other considerations, we are undertaking appropriate consultation to ensure all relevant interests implicated by your request are properly evaluated. We will update this response as soon as possible.”
The Washington Examiner reported that Chaffetz responded to Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, saying his committee isn’t intending to interfere with the investigation into the alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia, but instead their committee’s investigation could be complimentary to that.
“I am seeking to better understand Comey’s communications with the White House and attorney general in such a way that does not implicate the special counsel’s work. Congress and the American public have a right and a duty to examine this issue independently of the special counsel’s investigation. I trust and hope you understand this and make the right decision — to produce these documents to the committee immediately and on a voluntary basis.”
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