The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee wants to know if President Trump purposely misled the American public about alleged “tapes” of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.
“If the president had no tapes, why did he suggest otherwise? Did he seek to mislead the public?” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement Thursday.
Trump suggested last month that he may have recorded meetings he had with Comey in the White House. But on Thursday, the president tweeted that there were no such “tapes.”
The House Intelligence Committee had sent a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn earlier this month asking for answers about alleged recordings of Trump-Comey conversations.
“Regardless of whether the president intends his tweets to be an official reply to the House Intelligence Committee, the White House must respond in writing to our committee as to whether any tapes or recordings exist,” Schiff said in his statement.
Schiff added that Trump declaring no tapes exist “raises as many questions as it answers.”
“While I would certainly hope that the president’s most recent statement is true, we will continue to pursue the matter with other witnesses so that the public can be assured that if recordings were ever made, they will be preserved and be made available to the committee and ultimately to the public, as well,” Schiff said.
Following Trump’s sudden firing of Comey in May, there was a flurry of reports about the relationship between the two.
Trump tweeted that Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations,” after a report that he asked the former FBI director to pledge his loyalty.
Comey later said before a Senate panel that the report was true, and that Trump also suggested that he dial back the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn. Comey also said he hoped Trump had recorded their conversations to show that he was being truthful.
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