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House Dems demand probe documents, Comey firing docs be preserved, hidden from Sen. Sessions and WH

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The Democrat contingent on the House Judiciary Committee has demanded that the FBI and the Department of Justice “preserve any and all files” having to do with former FBI Director James Comey’s firing and his Russia investigation.

“In light of today’s shocking decision by the President to fire FBI Director Comey, it is imperative that you take several immediate steps to protect the integrity of your investigations into Russian efforts to influence our recent election and related matters,” the group wrote in a letter sent to both departments, The Hill reported.

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The group, which consisted of Democrat Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Steve Cohen, John Conyers, Jr., Sheila Jackson Lee, David Cicilline and Zoe Lofgren, requested for the preservation of “the Department’s and FBI’s criminal investigation into matters related to Russian interference in our federal elections; collusion with individuals associated with the Trump campaign; and associated matters” and demanded those files be made off-limits to the White House.

The Democrats specifically asked for Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended Comey’s firing, be kept away from those files because he recused himself from the probe into alleged Russian interference in the election.

The group also asked for the preservation of “materials related to Director Comey’s termination by the President, so that it may be subsequently reviewed by appropriate members of Congress, and in connection with any subsequent investigations.”

The Democrat group tried to tie the firing of Comey to the Russia probe and used that as to strengthen their request.

“Our request is even more important given that a series of White House efforts to influence the investigation and the media coverage of it have made it clear that the Trump administration cannot be allowed to interfere any further in this investigation,” they wrote.

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“This includes White House efforts asking the FBI to ‘knock down’ White House-Russia stories earlier this year; separate efforts by the White House to leak information to Rep. Nunes so that he could seek to justify President Trump’s unfounded accusations that President Obama ‘tapped’ his phones; as well as the President’s decision to fire Preet Bharara the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who had jurisdiction over investigations involving trump Tower, even after the President promised Mr. Bahara he could keep his job,” the letter read. “Unfortunately, we are also concerned about the continued involvement of the Attorney General in these issues, including his role in firing Director Comey.”

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Carmine Sabia

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