Dems Request Docs On Trump Pressuring Comey To Drop Probes And Comey’s Abrupt Firing

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From the alleged (and now infamous) loyalty request to his volcanic May 2017 sacking, former FBI Director James Comey plays a central role in requests from Nadler’s panel.

Trump fired Comey in May, citing an opinion written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticizing Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation. But the firing came after Trump allegedly demanded Comey’s loyalty with respect to investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election, sparking allegations of obstruction of justice by the president.

Investigators are asking for documents and information regarding Comey’s firing, and also May 2017 discussions with the FBI and DOJ that supposedly touched on “obstruction of justice, surreptitious recording of the President, or the 25th Amendment.”

House investigators are interested in the following witnesses and entities:

  • Former chief of staff to Don McGahn Annie Donaldson
  • DOJ
  • Former White House Counsel Don McGahn
  • Donald Trump Jr., presidential son and Trump Org executive
  • Eric Trump, son of the president and Trump Org executive
  • FBI
  • Hope Hicks, former Trump campaign press secretary and White House communications adviser
  • Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and White House adviser. Specifically asked about discussions of the 25th Amendment being invoked, obstruction of justice, and “surreptitious recording” of the President
  • Jay Sekulow, personal attorney to President Trump. Specifically asked about discussions of the 25th Amendment being invoked, obstruction of justice, and “surreptitious recording” of the President
  • Jeff Sessions, former attorney general. Specifically asked about discussions of the 25th Amendment being invoked, obstruction of justice, and “surreptitious recording” of the President
  • KT McFarland, former Fox News talking head and former deputy to Michael Flynn on the National Security Council 
  • Steve Bannon, former Trump 2016 CEO and White House chief strategist. Ex-vice-president of the board of Cambridge Analytica
  • Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign adviser and U.S. national security adviser
  • Michael Flynn Jr., Flynn’s son and an aide on the 2016 campaign
  • The White House
  • Sean Spicer, ex-White House Press Secretary and Trump administration communications director
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