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.
The FBI's assistant director for congressional affairs, Gregory Brower, in a letter to Republican committee chairman Jason Chaffetz on Thursday said that the investigative agency can not hand the memos to the Congress until it consults all its prospects with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to Efe News reports. Comey's memo stated that Trump, after a dinner at the White House, had asked the ex-FBI director to end the investigations involving his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn's links with Russian Federation.
"The focus of the Committee's investigation is the independence of the FBI, including conversations between the President and Comey and the process by which Comey was removed from his role as director".
Chaffetz responded to Brower's letter, emphasizing his panel "has its own, Constitutionally-based prerogative to conduct investigations" and that it's not his intent to "impede or interfere" with Mueller's investigation.
Chaffetz, who recently announced that he would resign from Congress on June 30, responded promptly that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has until June 8, 2017, to get the requested documents to the House Oversight Committee.
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U.S. officials told The Washington Post that the aim was to shield pre-inauguration discussions from American monitoring. CNN said because the Trump administration has kept ethics waivers secret, it's unclear how many have been granted.
The FBI added that it would "update this response as soon as possible".
Mueller was appointed to spearhead the FBI's Russian Federation probe after a slew of explosive news stories that posed questions about the president's and his associates' ties to Russian Federation.
Many congressional committees have sought out Comey's testimony after news broke last week that he had written a memo stating that Trump had asked him to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The statement from attorney Jamie Gorelick was issued Thursday amid reports that the FBI was investigating meetings Kushner had in December with Russian officials. Later, it emerged that he had called Comey a "nut job" during the meeting and said that firing him had taken off "great pressure". "The records being withheld are central to those questions, even more so in light of Comey's decision not to testify before the Committee at this time".
Although Comey agreed to testify before Senate Intelligence Committee after the Memorial Day weekend, he declined an invitation to answer questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee, sparking off an angry tweet by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.