Congressional Investigators Seek Tapes, Notes On Trump-Comey Conversations

President Donald Trump refused Friday to say whether his private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey were taped - a matter at the heart of conflicting accounts of what passed between them - and asserted that nothing in Comey's testimony to the Senate showed collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.

But the following morning he struck back in an early morning tweet: "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication", he wrote - suggesting Mr Comey had committed perjury.

Trump was also asked about Comey's testimony and the supposed tapes the following day during his joint press conference with the president of Romania.

He asserted that nothing in Mr Comey's testimony to the Senate pointed to collusion with Russian Federation or obstruction of justice.

FOR three hours, former FBI Director James Comey leveled an unrelenting attack on the credibility of the president of the United States.

In a May 13 tweet about their January 27 dinner at the White House, Mr Trump said, 'James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!'.

Given the pains to which Comey went to write down his version of the meeting with Trump, not to mention Comey's immediate conversations with colleagues and the utter plausibility of his account, Trump's denials seem thoroughly unconvincing to me.

But the one question Trump wouldn't definitely answer is if recordings of his conversations with Comey exist.

While Trump maintained he did not ask Comey to let the FBI's investigation into Flynn go, he told reporters "there'd be nothing wrong if I did say it".

Trump stopped short of saying that Comey lied under oath at the hearing, which occurred a month after Trump fired him on May 9.

Mr Trump's legal team says the president's conversations with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director were subject to executive privilege.

An interview with fast-food executive and former Labor secretary nominee Andy Puzder, who characterized Comey as "a disgruntled former employee testifying about the boss who fired him" before going on to talk up the economy, which he said "is on fire, and it's just not getting covered". And today, congressional Republicans are "actively supporting the investigation of Donald Trump", he said.

And Comey admitted he asked a friend to leak those notes to a reporter, betting - correctly - that the details would prompt the appointment of a special prosecutor. Mueller is now looking at whether the president obstructed justice.

Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet said onlookers should keep in mind that Comey knows much more than he can say, calling his testimony a "big deal".

Mr Comey, who was sacked by Mr Trump in May, delivered a scathing indictment of the president on Thursday at a congressional hearing in which he accused Mr Trump of trying to block the investigation into Mr Flynn.

When asked by MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski in 2016 which experts he speaks with, Trump replied, "I'm speaking with myself, number one, because I have a very good brain".

As he did in a message on Twitter Friday morning, Trump called Comey a "leaker".

The House requested Comey and the White House provide the records, including tapes if they exist, by June 23.

"Well, I didn't say that". "But that's all a matter of how he conducts his job, and what his relationship is with the president is not a legal question". "I'm not going to say, "I want you to pledge allegiance". "I hardly know the man".

On Friday, the leaders of the House of Representatives intelligence committee's investigation said they had asked Comey for his notes and memos about his discussions with Trump, and asked the White House to produce any recordings or memos of conversations between Trump and Comey.

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