Does he, or doesn’t he?
The House committee looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election are asking the White House to release any recordings of chats between former FBI Director James Comey and President Trump.
From The Hill:
A House panel led by Reps. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) sent a letter on Friday to White House counsel Don McGahn demanding the release of any “tapes” of conversations between Comey and Trump. The president first suggested the existence of such tapes after Comey revealed that he wrote memos of his private conversations with Trump leading up to his firing.
Conaway and Schiff are representing the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Russia investigation, and a separate bipartisan group of Senate Judiciary Committee members led by Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) also sent letters requesting the notes Comey wrote documenting the same meetings with Trump.
The Senate group requested the memos from Professor Daniel Richman, the friend Comey gave his notes to, and the House group requested any memos still in Comey’s possession.
Schiff and Conaway provided a deadline of June 23.
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
My guess is there are no “tapes.”
This was a case of Trump saying something false to throw Comey off balance. But most probably an empty, hollow threat.
At this point, Comey is so resolute in his recounting of the “let Flynn go” story, any actual recording would most probably confirm Comey’s version of the story.