In an extraordinary turn of events, senior House Democrats demanded on Friday that President Donald Trump turn over to Congress any tapes he might have made of his conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey, Politico reports.
According to the website, Reps. John Conyers and Elijah Cummings, the top Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, wrote to White House counsel Don McGahn asking whether such tapes exist and requesting copies if so.
On Friday morning, Political Dig reported that Trump threatened the former FBI director, twitting: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
The tweet followed a previously reported story in which sources close to Comey said Trump had asked him over dinner to pledge loyalty to the president and that Comey declined.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, also issued a statement saying Trump must either provide the tapes to Congress or admit he made them up.
“If the President has ‘tapes’ of his conversations with Director Comey, it is because the president himself made them,” Schiff said in his statement. “For a president who baselessly accused his predecessor of illegally wiretapping him, that Mr. Trump would suggest that he, himself, may have engaged in such conduct is staggering.
“The president should immediately provide any such recordings to Congress or admit, once again, to have made a deliberately misleading — and in this case threatening — statement,” Schiff added.
The California Democrat, whose committee is investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, also took aim at the contradictory statements from the White House about Trump’s motivation for Tuesday’s firing of Comey.
On Friday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to answer questions about whether the tapes exist and whether there are recording devices in the White House.