Trump Won't Say If Comey Tapes Exist; House Investigators Demand Them If They Do

WASHINGTON -After President Trump publicly refused to say Friday whether he did, in fact, tape conversations with James Comey before firing him as FBI director, House investigators - led by Texas Rep. Mike Conaway - demanded the White House turn over any recordings or notes of those meetings.Tapes, if they exist, could clarify whose version of the conversations is accurate.Comey says the president pressured him to pledge personal loyalty and drop an investigation into fired National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Trump denies both claims. Each has called the other a liar in the last day, and far more than their reputations are on the line.Conaway, a Midland Republican, leads the House intelligence committee probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election. He and the panel's top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, announced Friday afternoon that they formally asked Comey for copies of the memos he testified about a day earlier in the Senate.They also asked White House Counsel Don McGahn in writing "whether any White House recordings or memoranda of Comey's conversations with President Trump now exist or have in the past," and to turn over copies to the committee by June 23 if they do.Trump alluded to the existence of tapes in a tweet on May 12, days after he fired Comey.  Continue reading...

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