US investigators seek Comey memos, Trump tapes

Ebony Scott
June 21, 2017

Detailing one-on-one talks with a sitting president - which under normal circumstances are private - Comey said he took painstaking notes for fear Trump might "lie" about the unusual encounters. "Totally illegal?" he asked in a tweet.

Mr. Trump has called Comey a "leaker," and said in a press conference Friday that some of Comey's statements before the Senate committee were untrue.

"Some of the things that he said just weren't true", added Mr Trump who, when asked if he would be willing to speak under oath to special prosecutor Robert Mueller about the encounters, responded: "100 per cent". In particular, he seized on Comey's assertion that he interpreted the president's statement that he "hoped" the Federal Bureau of Investigation would drop its probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as an instruction.

King said either his House Intelligence Committee or the House Judiciary Committee will look into whether Comey broke the law when he admittedly leaked his Trump meeting memos to a friend, who then released them to the New York Times.

Given Comey's reputation as a methodical, ultra-cautious investigator, the testimony was damning, said a Washington lawyer who served in a top position in a prior administration.

Collins is referring to Trump's joint press conference with the President of Romania from Friday, during which Trump was asked if the tapes exist, only to respond, "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future". I'm not going to say I want you to pledge allegiance.

Asked if he had taped their conversations, Trump said he would reveal that answer soon.

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Comey said he has submitted to Mueller memos he kept on his interactions with Trump, including what Comey testified were the president's requests for his loyalty and to drop the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Opposition Democrats have said that the leaks occurred after Comey was sacked and no longer a government official.

Trump and White House officials have repeatedly refused to confirm or deny whether the tapes exist.

Comey said he had hoped releasing the information via the media would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to handle the Russian Federation probe, a ploy that ultimately proved successful.

Former FBI director James Comey met with President Trump on February 14. On the "Today" show, former campaign aide Corey Lewandowski stated that Comey was part of the intelligence "deep state" out to undermine Trump. And that's just based on what Comey said in an open session, which was followed by a classified one. But the presidency is also having an impact on Trump, prompting him, at times, to play the role of traditional president.

It was a sign of escalating fallout from Mr Comey's testimony which drew an angry response from the President on Friday. The Trump Organization is calling the new mid-market chain "American Idea" and said it will start with three hotels in Mississippi.

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