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Comey Hearing Delayed: Chaffetz Postpones Hearing So Comey Can Speak With Special Counsel

Last week, in a frenzied attempt to get to the bottom of the 'Comey memos' fiasco, Jason Chaffetz scheduled a hearing for the former FBI Director to appear before the House Oversight Committee this Wednesday at 9:30AM.  That said, per the tweet below, Chaffetz apparently scheduled the hearing before even tracking down Comey's latest cell phone number. 

Officially noticed a hearing for next Wed at 9:30am ET with former FBI Dir Comey. But I still need to speak with him...evidently has a new #

— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse)

 

Now, it appears that Chaffetz was finally able to track down Comey's new cell number but it only resulted in the meeting being postponed due to Comey's desire to speak with Special Counsel Mueller before giving public testimony.

Spoke with Comey. He wants to speak with Special Counsel prior to public testimony. Hearing Wed postponed.

— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse)

 

Of course, Comey has also agreed to a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee though that meeting won't be scheduled until after Memorial Day. 

So is Comey getting cold feet or does he just need to get his story straight with the Special Counsel before speaking publicly...bit of both?

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Below is our previous notes on Chaffetz's efforts to obtain the now-infamous "Comey Memos."

Update: Jason Chaffetz office just released the letter sent to the FBI's Andrew McCabe demanding all Comey-Trump related memos...

Today, the New York Times reported former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey memorialized the content of phone calls and meetings with the President in a series of internal memoranda. At least one such memorandum reportedly describes a conversation in which the President referenced the FBI investigation of former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and said to Comey, "I hope you can let this go."

 

According to the report, "Mr. Comey created similar memos — including some that are classified — about every phone call and meeting he had with the president." 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. So the Committee can consider that question, and others, provide, no later than May 24, 2017, all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings referring or relating to any communications between Comey and the President.

 

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is the principal oversight committee of the House of Representatives and may at "any time" investigate "any matter" as set forth in House Rule X. An attachment to this letter provides additional information about responding to the Committee's request. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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Trump and/or Comey are getting increasingly boxed in here - one or other is going to be proved a liar soon enough.

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As we detailed earlier, following the New York Times latest Trump bombshell (see "Comey's Revenge: Leaks Memo To NYT Saying Trump Asked Him To End Flynn Investigation"), the impeachment word seems to be getting tossed around a little more loosely this evening.  And, given the serious accusations levied by former FBI Director James Comey, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Jason Chaffetz, has  just promised that he will "get the Comey memo, if it exists," which was backed up by the not so thinly veiled threat: "I have my subpoena pen ready."

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is going to get the Comey memo, if it exists. I need to see it sooner rather than later. I have my subpoena pen ready.

— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse)

 

Meanwhile, in the following Q&A with NBC, Chaffetz says his committee has already started "drafting the necessary paperwork" to get Comey's memo to the extent it is not handed over voluntarily.

"If the memo exists, I need to see it and I need to see it right away.  We are drafting the necessary paperwork to get the mom so we will find out in a hurry if its out there."

 

"I want to read the memo first but on the surface that seems like an extraordinary use of influence to try to shutdown an investigation being done by the FBI.  I don't know if it's true yet but I want to find out if that's actually out there."

????Chaffetz to NBC:"If the memo exists, I need to see it and I need to see it right away. We are drafting the necessary paperwork to get [it]" pic.twitter.com/rF2g8qWm7v

— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC)