House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos

Marsha Scott
June 14, 2017

The President later said he would "100%" be willing to testify under oath.

During Thursday's hearing, Comey explained his concern about his meetings with the president, saying he did not feel comfortable being in a room alone with Trump, as he felt the president was attempting to seek personal loyalty from the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, despite the department's duty to remain neutral.

Last week, the House of Representatives intelligence committee asked the White House counsel to specify if there are tapes of conversations between Trump and Comey.

Gingrich said Comey represented the deep state "permanent opposition" to the president, who would stop at nothing to "keep their influence" and harm Trump's presidency.

Comey admitted he leaked the information as part of the FBI's probe into Russia's involvement in USA elections and the connections of the president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn with Russian officials.

Mr Trump claimed he never said he hoped the investigation into Mr Flynn would go away.

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

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"I hardly know the man", Trump said at the press conference.

At a press conference on Friday afternoon in the Rose Garden with the visiting president of Romania, Mr Trump rejected Mr Comey's claims. Mr Trump tweeted on Friday in his first comments since Mr Comey appeared the day before at the Senate Intelligence Committee.

"I'll tell you about [it] over a fairly short period of time", he said.

The House requested Comey and the White House provide the records, including tapes if they exist, by June 23. "Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction", Mr Trump said. It is likely that he will answer questions about the committee's investigation of Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Comey merely testified that the FBI investigation into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign did not extend to Trump himself during the time Comey was leading the FBI. A source familiar with the matter said Richman has been in touch with Senate judiciary through special counsel Bob Mueller's office, and that there will be movement after the weekend.

"But I did not say that".

On Thursday, Mr Comey testified to one of several congressional committees that is also looking into the Russian Federation claims.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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