Top US lawmakers order Trump to turn over Comey conversation tapes

by Itunuoluwa Adebo

United States lawmakers called President Donald Trump, Sunday to turn over any tapes of conversations with fired FBI chief James Comey.

In a very confusing move, President Trump appeared last week to suggest on Twitter that he might have tapes of conversations with Comey and warned the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation against talking to the media. The White House has refused to release any comment on the issue.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the White House must “clear the air” about whether there are any taped conversations. “You can’t be cute about tapes. If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over,” Graham said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program.

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Trump sparked a political firestorm when he abruptly fired Comey last week. The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election and possible ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. Democrats have accused Trump of attempting to interfere in the FBI’s probe and have called for independent inquiry into the matter. Trump has said he removed Comey because he was not doing a good job and that Comey had lost the support of FBI employees.

On Friday President Trump tweeted, that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah told the “Fox News Sunday” program that if there were tapes,  it was “inevitable” that they would be subpoenaed and the White House would have to release them.

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