House intel panel demands 'Comey tapes' as Trump razzes on their existence

The Justice Department put out a statement late Thursday saying that Sessions had recused himself because of his involvement in Trump's 2016 presidential campaign - 'for that reason, and that reason alone.' BIPARTISAN DISCOMFORT It wasn't just the Trump administration that made Comey anxious about the need to protect the integrity and independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Yet the president hasn't been as completely vindicated as he says. James Risch, R-Idaho. Whether Trump's behavior and comment amount to obstruction of justice, however, depends not on how Comey understood the comment, but Trump's intent in delivering it. Finding that out, as Comey noted, is now up to the special counsel, Robert Mueller. I don't think we would, actually.

Amid worries by Washington's European partners that the U.S. leader had not fully bought into the Atlantic alliance, Trump told reporters: "I'm committing the United States to Article Five". Comey testified he asked a friend to read his unclassified memos to a New York Times reporter May 16.

When asked whether the president has "tapes" of his conversation with Comey, as Trump suggested in his tweet, Lewandowski added that he doesn't know and Comey should still be anxious.

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Mr Comey said. Former adviser NSA Flynn was being investigated for his contacts with Russian officials.

Trump been critical of NATO since his presidential campaign, when he labeled the treaty "obsolete" and openly questioned whether the US would make good on the treaty's communal defense obligations for nations who have not spent enough on their own militaries.

The former FBI director said he thought that would be inappropriate because Trump could potentially come under investigation later because the FBI is looking into his campaign team.

Comey has been asked to provide any notes or memoranda related to discussions with President Trump, to the ongoing investigation into Russia's involvement in the election.

Trump met with Russia's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov the day after Comey was sacked and said that a "great pressure" around the investigation had been "taken off". The former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief said Trump asked him to "see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

  • Salvatore Jensen