House intel panel demands 'Comey tapes' as Trump razzes on their existence
Trump teased reporters Friday that they would be “very disappointed” when it is finally confirmed, “in a very short period of time,” whether or not there are actual recordings of Trump and Comey’s intimate conversations.
The same day, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence sent a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn formally requesting any recordings or memoranda that “now exist or have in the past” and to send the committee copies of any such material by June 23.
House Intel sent letter to WH demanding any tape recordings of conversations between President & Comey be preserved, and produced by June 23 pic.twitter.com/6kQYY4EQpR— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 9, 2017
Trump first alluded to the so-called “tapes” in a May 12 tweet, following Comey’s claim of written memos on his personal meetings with the president.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
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.
“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey testified, The Hill reported.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and several committee members of each party also wrote a letter to Richman, requesting Comey’s memos, according to The Hill. The House intel panel is in turn requesting Comey himself to provide any memos still in his possession.