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What lawmakers are saying about Comey’s memo

Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill expressed outrage and concern Tuesday night after a New York Times report suggested the president had asked former FBI director James Comey to shut down an investigation into ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The news comes a day after reports indicated President Donald Trump had revealed highly-classified information to two Russian officials visiting the White House last week, prompting concern about how the administration handled the intelligence and what the report would mean for the country’s relationship with allies. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said the White House “has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and order.”

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Those calls were amplified on Tuesday in response to the Times story, based on a memo Comey created to detail his meeting with Trump the day after Flynn resigned. Comey created similar memos for every meeting and phone conversation he had with the president, the Times reported. The memo was read aloud to reporters by a Comey associate.

Here’s a look at the range of reactions to the news — and on what should happen next — from both sides of the aisle.

What Republicans said

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
“Somebody is going to have to do more than just have anonymous sources on this one for me to believe that there’s something there.”

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.)

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.)

Sen. Charlie Dent (R-Penn.)

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.)

House Oversight Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.)

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.)

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas)

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) A Hill reporter tweets:

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) A CNBC reporter writes:


Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

“The country is being tested in unprecedented ways,” Schumer said in remarks from the Senate floor. “I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate, history is watching.”

Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.)

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.)

Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.)

Sen Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)

Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.)

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.)

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif)

Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass)

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.)

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wisc.)

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.)

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

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