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Chaffetz calls a hearing — but says he can’t reach Comey

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) indicated in a tweet Wednesday afternoon that he had called for a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with former FBI director James B. Comey for the following week — but could not reach Comey.

The hearing was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, May 24, according to the House website.

Chaffetz, who is the chairman of the oversight committee, on Tuesday requested that the FBI turn over by May 24 “all memoranda, notes, summaries, and recordings” detailing communications between President Trump and Comey.

“Let’s see how real these memos are,” Chaffetz told The Washington Post’s Carol D. Leonnig. “… And see where they take us.”

Chaffetz’s tweet was widely shared and hinted that he may have tried to call Comey on a phone number that was no longer working.

The message prompted some ridicule on social media — and plenty of references to the Carly Rae Jepsen pop song “Call Me Maybe.”

Chaffetz said last month that he wouldn’t run for reelection next year.

Since Comey was fired by Trump last Tuesday, he has remained in the public consciousness and reportedly said he would be willing to testify about why he was fired, but only if he could do so publicly.

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