House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

Aaron Brown
June 14, 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.

"Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", Trump wrote, suggesting that Comey, who was under oath at the hearing, had committed perjury. "And I didn't say the other".

Comey also testified that Trump attempted get him to pledge his loyalty, and that Trump pressured him to drop an investigation into Flynn, his former national security adviser.

Trump's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz, seized on Comey's admission that he had told Trump on multiple occasions that he was not personally under investigation and maintained the testimony made clear that Trump "never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone".

Comey said Trump repeatedly pressed him for his loyalty at a private dinner at the White House on January 27.

Trump's Twitter account had been quiet throughout Comey's testimony accusing the administration of spreading "lies". "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry".

"I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn't dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape", Comey said.

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Comey said he took this as a highly improper attempt by Trump to shut down the Flynn investigation.

On Friday, the defiant president denied Comey's accusations, saying, "Comey confirmed a lot of what I said", but "some of the things that he said just weren't true".

The ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director also said that the White House defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to justify the last month dismissal.

He also said he "would be glad to" talk to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is now investigating allegations that Russian Federation interfered with the election and colluded with Trump's campaign.

During a discussion of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, Comey disclosed that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, an Obama administration appointee, instructed him to refer to the issue as a "matter", not an "investigation".

Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating suspected Russian election meddling, have written White House counsel Don McGahn asking whether tapes exist and, if so, that they be produced to the committee by June 23. "I was sacked in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted". And legal experts have questioned whether Comey's leak broke any law. Instead, Trump let his lawyer do the talking for him.

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