Fired FBI Director James Comey acted on intelligence he knew was fake

James Comey in a helicopter

But he told lawmakers about the document in his later briefings with them and did not imply that it could be fake, according to CNN.

Both the House Oversight Committee and the Intelligence Committee requested the memos in early May after The New York Times reported that Comey noted in one of them that Trump had asked him to end the investigation into the links his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, had had with Russian Federation. Trump tweeted on May 12 - but the White House has since refused to confirm or deny whether the president records his conversations.

"He talked to members of the Senate and House intel committee that he was sitting on emails that the Russians had between the Democratic Party and the Department of Justice that were highly explosive", Graham said.

Chaffetz's panel is one of several in Congress investigating alleged efforts by Russian Federation to tip the election to Trump, and the possibility that Trump associates had coordinated with Moscow.

"The committee is seeking a broad set of material, some of which may be related to the special counsel's investigation, but some of it certainly is not".

Much has been said and written about the head-spinning circumstance of having the very same people who only months ago demanded that Comey resign or be removed from office now feigning outrage over the news that he was sacked.

"It was a very powerful factor in the decision to go forward in July with the statement that there shouldn't be a prosecution", a person familiar with the matter told the Post.

Congress has already had trouble getting some documents for its ongoing investigations.

"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", Greg Bower, the FBI's Assistant Director at the Office of Congressional Affairs, wrote in a Thursday night letter responding to Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Ranking Member Elijah Cummings. In its initial request for Comey documents, the committee acknowledged some information may not be public.

Lieu added, "T$3 here was no way for him or the Federal Bureau of Investigation to really defend that information without, as we now know, conveying that they knew about certain sources that they would not want disclosed". "We anticipate that some of these documents may be classified, some may not, and others may contain both classified and unclassified information". The intelligence panel also is seeking Comey's memos.

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