House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

Randolph Lopez
June 15, 2017

House and Senate investigators fired off a series of requests after former FBI Director James Comey's testimony, seeking memos of his private discussions with President Donald Trump and any records the White House kept of their discussion - including audio recordings.

Asked by host George Stephanopoulos on "Good Morning America" whether he didn't believe Trump asked Comey to let the Flynn probe go, Lewandowski responded: 'What I don't believe is Jim Comey, who's the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the last 5 years, says: "I was so afraid because the president asked me to do something"'.

White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says testimony from former FBI Director James Comey "reflected very poorly on members of the Obama administration as well".

"I didn't say that", Trump insisted Friday, before heading to his New Jersey golf club in Bedminster where he will spend the weekend.

Comey had been leading an FBI investigation into several Trump aides and their contacts with the Russian government-which USA intelligence agencies say tried to tilt the 2016 election in Trump's favor-before being fired.

The remarks were a defiant response from Trump, who had remained uncharacteristically silent on social media during Comey's blockbuster day of testimony Thursday, as the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief laid out an account that strongly suggested the president's private exchanges with him had been an attempt to obstruct justice.

'And if that's what he has done, if he continues to do this, if this is his pattern as the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, he absolutely should have been fired.

During nearly three hours of statements Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey described himself as "stunned" by Trump's "very disturbing" and "very concerning" behavior towards him. Comey told Congress that the president had not personally been under investigation while he was the FBI director, and that at one point Trump suggested he would like to find out whether any of his associates had done anything wrong.

Comey testified Thursday that Trump asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and implied Trump may have become the subject of investigation himself for interfering in the FBI's work.

"I am not hinting at anything", Trump said, twice declining to elaborate.

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Comey's contention, based on his own notes of a private conversation he had with the president before Trump fired him, is that Trump said of the Flynn probe: 'I hope you can let this go'.

Asked whether he would be willing to provide his version under oath, Trump responded, "100 percent".

The president declined repeatedly to say whether, as he suggested last month in a Twitter post, he had recordings of his conversations with Comey. "I will tell you about it over a very short period of time". "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer". Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican, and Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, sent a request Friday directly to Comey for copies of his memos. Richman confirmed Thursday that he was the friend Comey testified who had discussed the memos with the press.

The White House has seized on Comey's confirmation that Trump personally was not under investigation over his ties to Russian Federation to declare a victory of sorts.

Trump demurred when asked whether tapes of his talks with Comey actually exist.

He blasted Comey as a leaker, after his disclosure that he had a friend pass material about his Trump interactions on to the New York Times.

Trump critics said that was evidence that the president may have obstructed justice, possible grounds for impeachment. "No plausible case. We must distinguish crimes from pol sins".

Trump's team, led by his personal lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, on Friday was preparing a counterattack on Comey based in part on his admission that he arranged the leak of his account of the conversation with Trump in which he says the president suggested the FBI halt its investigation into Flynn.

Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz has indicated he will file a complaint about Comey to the Justice Department, which oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said onlookers should keep in mind that Comey knows much more than he can say, calling his testimony a "big deal".

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