Chaffetz questions whether Comey memos are 'actually there'

Chair of House Oversight Committee expressed skepticism without Comey testimony.

"I think in the light of day in a public setting, he should be able to tell us about the materials, if they're there, and I question whether or not they're actually there," Chaffetz said, adding that Comey has yet to respond to a request for public testimony, which Chaffetz hopes to schedule for next week.

"I want to look at the information and hear from the person who actually wrote [the memo]. I think that's the fair way. Republicans and Democrats can look in the light of day in a public setting."

Chaffetz said he nonetheless thought that Comey's firing should be investigated.

"It's just not common that you go out and fire an FBI director," Chaffetz said. "So, yeah, I think you could support that Congress provides some executive oversight in this case."

He questioned the appointment of a special counsel to take over an investigation into possible Russian interference during the 2016 U.S. presidential election — which Comey led until he was fired.

"I don't know that a special counsel is warranted at this point," Chaffetz said. "I have not seen evidence of an actual crime."

But he added, "Robert Mueller is probably the best possible choice they could have made."