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House Dems Want Comey Tapes

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Francis Olson | 15 May, 2017, 00:50

WASHINGTON-Ousted FBI Director James Comey has declined an invitation to appear in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee next week as part of the panel's attempt to probe the circumstances of his abrupt firing Tuesday by President Donald Trump.

The move prompted an uproar among Democrats and some Republicans because Comey's agency is leading an investigation into whether there were connections between Russian interference in last year's presidential election and people associated with Trump's campaign. "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".

Trump told NBC's Lester Holt on Thursday Comey had requested the dinner on January 27, because the wanted to stay on as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

"In fact when I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won", the Republican president told NBC.

Schiff went on to criticize Trump's tweeted threats to stop holding press briefings altogether because, the President said, his staff can't always be expected to communicate information with "perfect accuracy".

"If he did not want to willingly undertake even the minimal requirements of the Presidency, it would have been far better for him to have considered that before he chose to run for the highest office in the land", he continued.

But according to Comey's associates, Trump requested the dinner, and pressed him to pledge his loyalty.

The White House initially said Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of the top Justice Department officials: Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rosenstein.

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The New York Times reported on Friday that Comey had resisted a request from Trump that he pledge loyalty to the president.

It's unclear why Comey turned down the offer to speak to the committee next week. "Nearly all of them are very well known", Trump said while flying to Lynchburg, Virginia, where he was giving the commencement address at Liberty University.

It's not clear yet whether Trump has any recordings of the conversation that took place.

"He's doing a good job, but he gets beat up", said Trump.

"Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???" added Trump on Twitter. Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe sidestepped a question during a Senate hearing on Thursday on whether he ever heard Comey tell Trump that the president was not the subject of investigation.

The White House disputed the account. In the NBC interview on Thursday, Trump said he would have fired Comey regardless of any such recommendations.

The president said he never pressured Comey into dropping the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, and added that there was no "collusion between me and my campaign and the Russians".

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