House intel panel demands 'Comey tapes' as Trump razzes on their existence

Angie Massey
June 10, 2017

Republican Representative Peter King of NY told VOA that, overall, Trump emerged relatively unscathed from the Comey hearing.

Trump initially kept Comey on as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and publicly embraced him at a January White House event.

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On the "Today" show, former campaign aide Corey Lewandowski stated that Comey was part of the intelligence "deep state" out to undermine Trump.

Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, said he did so in hopes that the memos, which documented what the former director felt was inappropriate contact by the president amid the ongoing investigation, would prompt the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to take over the probe. "Some of the things that he said just weren't true".

When asked if he really did have tapes of his conversations with Comey as he'd alluded to in a tweet published last month, President Trump declined to confirm or deny their existence.

"I found him to be credible, candid and thorough", Collins said of Comey on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

JAMES COMEY, Former Director, FBI: I need to get that out into the public square. At the time I had written a lot of positive things about him and was doing an interview. He painted Mr Trump as a chief executive dismissive of the FBI's independence and made clear that he interpreted Mr Trump's request to end an investigation into the former national security adviser as an order coming from the president.

"I'm committing the United States to Article 5", he said.

QUESTION: So he lied about that?

"And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it. but I did not say that".

"Well, I didn't say that".

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Later it emerged the intelligence committee is asking White House lawyers whether there are any tape recordings or memos of Mr Comey's conversations with Mr Trump.

"I will tell you I didn't say that", Trump said. "I will tell you, I didn't say that", he said.

The GOP asks us to put their party above our country, to grade this presidency on a curve like you would the poor kid who was trying real hard.

Another asked: "Are there tapes, sir?" "I hope you can let this go" in reference to the events that led to Flynn being fired. He also called Comey a "leaker," a day after the hearing.

In the testimony, Comey acknowledged Trump's tweets himself.

Mr Comey painted a devastating picture of an untrustworthy president, who at best unknowingly shred the norms of office by pressing him on the Russian Federation probe, and at worst may have criminally obstructed justice. It doesn't mean that every memory he has is exactly right or that there aren't different interpretations. But he testified under oath.

But while Republicans in general have continued to back the president, some have begun openly questioning and criticizing his actions. He said he did not reveal the information personally "because I was anxious the media was camping at the end of my driveway at that point. and I anxious it would be like feeding sea gulls at the beach if it was I who gave it to the media".

Mr Comey said it was not up to him but instead the independent special counsel in the Russian Federation probe, Mr Robert Mueller, to decide whether Mr Trump broke a law.

It's slightly off-point in that a criminal prosecution of Trump while he is president is unlikely and, at least according to the Justice Department's long-standing assessment, constitutionally impermissible.

QUESTION: So, if Robert Mueller wanted to speak with you about that ...

Asked about the "tapes" he most likely invented on Friday, Trump told reporters, "I'll tell you about that sometime in the near future".

Comey's advantage over the President is that he paid close attention during their conversations, wrote down his impressions immediately after the conversations took place, and then shared these notes with others. Mueller is now looking at whether the president obstructed justice.

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