Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Does President Trump 'tape' his conversations?

Does President Trump 'tape' his conversations?

Key Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Sunday called for Trump to turn over any recorded conversations, based on a tantalizing tweet the president sent last week that said: "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

"If (Rosenstein) doesn't (name a special prosecutor), then I think it's going to be very hard to solicit a lot of support from Democrats and support from Democrats - in terms of whoever the President picks to be a permanent Federal Bureau of Investigation director", the Virginia Democrat told reporters Friday. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said the White House must "clear the air" about whether there are any taped conversations. "I think in many ways our institutions are under assault", Clapper told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper criticized President Trump for Comey's termination.

A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to questions about the allegations made in the Politico article.

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President Trump tweeted Friday morning that former FBI Director Comey had better hope there are no "tapes" of their conversations. Democrats cast the decision to fire Comey as an effort to obstruct the FBI's probe, a charge the White House has denied.

Over the weekend, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein interviewed at least eight candidates, one of whom who will ultimately lead the bureau's investigation into whether anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation. John Cornyn of Texas; Fran Townsend, who was homeland security adviser to President George W. Bush; and Mike Rogers, a GOP congressman who led the House Intelligence Committee.

"All I want is for Comey to be honest, and I hope he will be, and I'm sure he will be", Trump said. And after a parade of eight candidates appeared at the Justice Department for interviews, members of Congress began voicing their preferences for Comey's replacement.

The blowback against the firing of Comey angered the increasingly frustrated president, who made the decision after consulting only a small group of advisers, anxious the news would leak out. Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday for the Mideast and Europe, his first overseas trip as president.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday that "you can't be cute about tapes". He was also set to welcome foreign leaders to the White House, with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday and President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia on Thursday.

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