Congressional Investigators Seek Tapes, Notes On Trump-Comey Conversations

"He's a leaker", Trump said dismissively.

Comey said he was for the first and last time asked by Trump to drop the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation in a meeting on February 14. "Some of the things that he said just weren't true".

In a written statement, Comey described his mounting discomfort in the weeks leading up to his dismissal as Trump pulled him aside in person and phoned to press him on the probe into his campaign associates and possible collusion with Russian Federation.

U.S. lawmakers will get another chance to hear from a top administration official, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, when he testifies Tuesday before the Senate Appropriations Committee.

"He probably wasn't steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between (Department of Justice), FBI and White Houses".

The prospect of Trump tapes has conjured up memories of Richard Nixon, the disgraced former president who resigned in 1974.

Pressed further, Trump turned combative. The ruling rejected Nixon's claim of executive privilege.

"That was an excuse by the Democrats who lost an election that some people think they shouldn't have lost, because it's nearly impossible for the Democrats to lose the Electoral College, as you know".

Collins added that the White House should tell Congress if the tapes exist. With Trump, Democrats are relying on suspicions.

The House intelligence committee sent a letter Friday asking White House counsel Don McGahn whether any tape recordings or memos of Comey's conversations with the president exist now or had existed in the past.

"If you're talking about a credibility contest here, I don't think it's going to be close", said lawyer Nick Akerman, an assistant prosecutor in the Watergate case.

Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump made a number of legal threats that never ultimately came through, although he did follow through with a pair of lawsuits.

"I think it's an abuse of power, and as far as obstruction of justice", Ms Pelosi told United States broadcaster MSNBC, adding that special counsel Robert Mueller "should look into this".

Two officials familiar with Trump's legal strategy said his lawyers plan to file a complaint about Comey's leak with the Inspector General's office at the Department of Justice, and with the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

James Comey said Thursday during a Senate hearing that Trump in his words did not order the FBI to drop the investigation on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Leaders of the House intelligence committee said they have written to White House counsel to ask whether there are any records or memos of Mr Comey's discussions with the President. Trump's famous Twitter account was silent all of Thursday afternoon.

"Comey's excuse for this unauthorised disclosure of privileged information appears to be entirely retaliatory", said Mr Kasowitz.

Kathleen Clark, an expert in government ethics at the University of Washington Law School, said there are a number of rules that protect the president's conversations with aides, but that none of them apply here.

The House Intel Committee also joined three others committees in requesting copies of Comey's memos and notes, which the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director says he wrote after every meeting he had with Trump. I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night because it didn't dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation.

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