Lawmakers Agree Trump Must Turn Over Comey Tapes if He Has Them

Posted May 16, 2017

"To destroy them would be a violation of law". "The whole notion that the president can throw out these kind of claims and then not either confirm or deny them is outrageous in my mind", Warner said.

In the Thursday interview, Trump said he supported an investigation into Russia's meddling of the election, saying, "If Russia or anyone else is trying to interfere with our elections, I think it's a frightful thing and I want to get to the bottom of it, and I want to make sure it will never, ever happen".

"If, in fact, there are such recordings, I think those recordings will be subpoenaed and they will probably have to turn them over", said Lee.

"We can make a fast decision", Trump told reporters Saturday aboard Air Force One before flying to Lynchburg, Virginia to deliver a commencement address at Liberty University.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that the Judiciary Committee, of which he is a member, needs Comey to appear before it to "clear the air". James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said the Founding Fathers created three co-equal branches of government with checks and balances, but with Trump as president, that was now "eroding". And while he had no evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump team, Graham said, "the president needs to back off and let the investigation go forward".

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The termination letter from President Donald Trump to FBI Director James Comey is photographed in Washington, Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

Senator John Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general, was also interviewed.

Rogers, an ex-FBI agent and former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has drawn the backing of the FBI Agents Association. "This demands a serious, down-the-middle investigation", he said. "I think the Senate majority leader thinks that's a fantastic idea", Holmes said. "If there's tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over".

Almost two thirds did think the FBI was up to that task, but the future of the FBI investigation is now unclear following Trump's firing of Comey - which Trump has admitted was at least partially in response to Comey's handling of that investigation.

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the intelligence committee, said that as his panel continues to investigate the Russian Federation matter, it wants to "make sure those tapes, if they exist, are preserved".

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Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe also interviewed for the permanent post despite his repeated willingness to break from White House explanations of Mr Comey's sacking and its characterisations of the Russian Federation investigation.

- Cornyn, a former Texas attorney general.

Democrats are demanding appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and ties to Trump's campaign, and have discussed trying to slow down the confirmation process or other business of the Senate as a way of drawing attention to the demand.

Fellow Republican Lindsay Graham of SC, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," said Trump now "has a duty and obligation to pick somebody beyond reproach outside the political lane" to lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, continued to argue that the president should consider Merrick Garland, the federal judge nominated to the Supreme Court past year by President Barack Obama but who was denied a hearing by Republicans.

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