U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, joined other Republicans in calling for Congress to see the memo by fired FBI Director James Comey that reportedly details President Donald Trump asking him to end an investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and his links to Russia
While many congressional Democrats are calling for an independent investigation into the Comey allegations and reports that Trump gave away classified information to the Russians, Mast and other Republicans have been more cautious in their public pronouncements.
“Congressman Mast believes that Congress needs to have access to whatever Comey memo or notes exist,” Mast spokesman Brad Stewart said in an email.
That’s similar to the position Republican Sen. Marco Rubio outlined in a Fox and Friends interview this morning.
“Given what we read yesterday in the newspaper, Director Comey — or former Director Comey — will have to testify before Congress, I imagine before the Judiciary Committee, and he’s going to have to turn over these notes and anything else that he kept…We need to establish the facts before we jump to conclusions,” Rubio said.
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, on Tuesday night demanded that the FBI turn over all notes and documents on communications between Trump and Comey, who was fired by the president last week.
Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, expressed a similar view today on the Comey matter.
“Mr. Comey should be asked to testify in public so that Congress and the American people can get all the facts and learn the truth,” Buchanan said. “And we need to see Mr. Comey’s memo regarding his discussion with the president. Transparency is the best disinfectant.”
While Republicans, who control both houses of Congress, call for more information, many Democrats are calling for an independent investigation into Trump and his campaign’s involvement with Russia.
“The President asked the FBI Director to shut down one investigation, then fired the FBI Director in order to shut down another investigation. In the end, the President’s actions must lead to a new, fully independent investigation to determine any evidence of undue influence or obstruction of justice by this White House,” said Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton.
“The latest report that President Trump asked former FBI director Comey ‘to forget about Mike Flynn’ is just the latest string of disturbing occasions of this President abusing his power. It’s clear we need an independent investigation of whether there is connection between the Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign,” said Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach.