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Jason Chaffetz: Special Counsel Was Not Needed in Russia Probe

Jason Chaffetz: Special Counsel Was Not Needed in Russia Probe

House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who announced last month he would not run for reelection when his current term concludes at the end of 2018, will actually resign his seat at the end of next month, according to a report Thursday. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, also asked the White House to provide any recordings, if they exist, detailing interactions with Comey that relate to the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election or the Clinton email scandal.

Chaffetz's reported early departure comes after he took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that the House Oversight Committee "officially scheduled" a hearing with former FBI Director James Comey - though he hasn't heard back yet. This week it was revealed Comey had written a memo and notes concerning statements made during a White House dinner concerning the FBI's investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

"Officially noticed a hearing for next Wednesday at 9:30am ET with former FBI Dir Comey".

Trump's firing last week of Comey raised concerns about whether the president was trying to sideline the Russia probe, which is examining Russian ties to his 2016 presidential campaign.

"President has never asked Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".

Fox News also confirmed Wednesday the existence of the Comey memo.

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"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 Senate Intelligence Committee had already requested the Comey memos. Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee also planned to ask Comey to testify, The Hill reported.

In addition, Chaffetz has made a series of high-profile gaffes in recent weeks, including a freaky tirade in March in which he said iPhones were keeping poor people from affording health care.

The Judiciary Committee letter to the White House mentioned the Times article, saying "the article alleged that Mr. Comey had memorialized a conversation with the President in which the President made statements that have been interpreted as asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to clear Mr. Flynn of alleged wrongdoing".

This is the letter President Trump sent to FBI Director James Comey regarding his dismissal on May 9, 2017.


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