House Intelligence Committee requests Comey's Trump meeting notes, White House tapes

House and Senate investigators fired off a series of requests after former FBI Director James Comey's testimony, seeking memos of his private discussions with President Donald Trump and any records the White House kept of their discussion.

"And you seem to be hinting that there are recordings of those conversations", Karl said. "No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker", CNN reported Trump said at one point in an assessment of the key takeaways from Comey's testimony.

On Thursday, Comey confirmed to the Senate Intelligence Committee that he did write the memos, which he then turned over to his friend Professor Daniel Richman of Columbia Law School to leak to the press. The House intel panel is in turn requesting Comey himself to provide any memos still in his possession. "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry", he continued during a joint news conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis.

He continued to insist that the allegation was a political ploy by his opponents, even as Comey said the Russians definitely intervened in the 2016 election on behalf of Trump.

When asked if he really did have tapes of his conversations with Comey as he'd alluded to in a tweet published last month, President Trump declined to confirm or deny their existence.

The president fielded multiple questions Friday regarding Comey's testimony and his claim the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director had told Congress "so many false statements and lies" while under oath.

During more than two hours of testimony, Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee he believed Trump had directed him in February to drop an FBI probe into the Republican president's former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of the broader Russian Federation investigation.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I would be glad to tell him exactly what I just told you, Jon. It is unclear if Mueller launched such an investigation after Comey turned over to the special counsel personal notes describing conversations with the president since January.

"Whether it rises to criminality, I think there's significant doubts about whether it rises to that level", he said.

Another reporter yelled: "Why won't you tell us now, Mr. President?"

QUESTION: Are there tapes, sir?

But while Republicans in general have continued to back the president, some have begun openly questioning and criticizing his actions.

Separately, Trump's private counsel, Marc Kasowitz, indicated Friday his client may file formal complaints next week with the Justice Department protesting Comey's handling of memos he wrote immediately after his conversations with the president.

Still, Ryan said the testimony, and senators' questions, would be historic. Obstruction of justice is a potentially impeachable offense. "Whether he obstructed justice, remains for the facts to come forward, and that's what we want are the facts".

  • Zachary Reyes