White House says Trump tweet meets Comey
tapes records request
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[June 24, 2017]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White
House said in a letter on Friday that a tweet by President Donald Trump
on Thursday was the formal answer to a request by the House of
Representatives Intelligence Committee for information about records of
conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.
The letter to Republican Representative Mike Conaway, who is leading the
panel's investigation into Russian interference to the 2016 election,
and Representative Adam Schiff, the committee's top Democrat, said: "In
response to the committee's inquiry, we refer you to President Trump's
June 22, 2017, statement regarding this matter."
The House panel said on June 9 it had written to Don McGahn, the White
House counsel, asking about the existence of any recordings or memos
covering Comey's conversations with Trump and asked that copies of the
materials be provided to the panel by June 23.
Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday, a day before the deadline, that he
did not know if there were recordings of his conversations with Comey,
but he did not make or have any such recordings.
Conaway told reporters Friday morning that Trump's tweet was not a
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President Donald Trump
(L) speaks in Ypilanti Township, Michigan March 15, 2017 and FBI
Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee
hearing in Washington, D.C., May 3, 2017 in a combination of file
photos. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Kevin Lamarque/File Photos
Schiff said in a statement on Thursday that Trump's Twitter comment
stopped short of denying the White House had tapes or recordings and
said the White House must respond in writing.
(This version of the story corrects Conaway's role to leader of
investigation from chairman in second paragraph)
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by
Cynthia Osterman and Bill Trott)
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