Congressional investigators demand release of alleged Comey 'tapes'

Trump first threatened such tapes might exist in a tweet after Comey revealed he wrote contemporaneous memos documenting the conversations.
By Harry Marcolis | Jun 11, 2017
House Representatives Mike Conaway (R-Tex.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) sent a letter Friday to White House counsel Don McGahn seeking release of any taped recordings of President Trump's private conversations with former FBI director James Comey. They requested copies of requested materials be provided to the House Intelligence Committee by June 23, according to CNN.

Trump first threatened such tapes might exist in a tweet after Comey revealed he wrote contemporaneous memos documenting the conversations.

Conaway and Schiff lead the House committee's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. They also requested any notes or other documentation of the Comey-Trump conversations.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes, " said Comey during his Thursday testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

On Friday during a press conference, Trump refused to confirm or deny whether the tapes actually exist.

In the meantime, leaders of the Senate judiciary committee have sent a request for Comey's memos to Danial Richman, the Columbia University law professor to whom Comey gave copies of his memos and who later discussed them with the press. He was asked to provide the materials by Friday.

In bombshell testimony Thursday, Comey said Trump repeatedly pressured him to drop the FBI's investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn and demanded a pledge of loyalty.

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