Reps. Mike Conaway (left) and Adam Schiff (right) | YouTube, PBS NewsHour

The Facts

  • The House Intelligence Committee announced Thursday that it will consider using a “compulsory process” if the White House doesn’t “respond fully” to a committee request for potential recordings of conversations between President Donald Trump and former FBI Directer James Comey.
  • The committee sent the initial request to the White House on 9 June, “asking the White House to tell the Committee whether any recordings, memoranda, or other documents memorializing President Trump’s conversations with former FBI Director Comey exist or ever existed – and, if they did exist, to produce copies of such materials to the Committee.”
  • On 23 June, the White House sent a letter to Reps. Mike Conaway (Texas) and Adam Schiff (California) — the congressman leading the committee’s investigation — responding to their request.
    • The White House wrote in its response:

“In response to the Committee’s inquiry, we refer you to President Trump’s June 22, 2017 statement regarding this matter.”

  • Conaway and Schiff responded to the White House’s response, saying in a joint statement:

“The White House has responded by letter asking the Committee to refer to ‘President Trump’s June 22, 2017, statement regarding this matter’ as its official response and quotes in full the President’s statement that was made in the form of successive tweets, in which the President stated that he has ‘no idea whether there are “tapes” or recordings’ of his conversations with James Comey and that the President ‘did not make’ and does ‘not have any such recordings.’

Today, the Committee has sent the White House a second letter urging the White House to appropriately and fully comply with the Committee’s June 9 request. The President’s statement on Twitter, and the White House’s letter referring to the President’s statement, were only partially responsive to the Committee’s request. By only referring to the President’s statement, the White House’s letter stops short of clarifying for the Committee whether the White House has any responsive recordings, memoranda, or other documents. Today’s letter from the Committee makes clear that should the White House not respond fully, the Committee will consider using compulsory process to ensure a satisfactory response.”

The Context

  • On 9 May, Trump fired Comey as FBI director.
  • Three days later, Trump tweeted:

  • On 9 June, Trump responded to a question regarding Comey and the possible existence of “tapes,” stating:

“I’ll tell you something about that, maybe sometime in the very near future.”

  • Later in the press conference, when asked a second time if “tapes” exist, Trump replied:

“Oh, you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. Don’t worry.”

  • On 12 June, the Secret Service responded to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Wall Street Journal for “audio copies or transcripts of any tapes recorded within President Donald Trump’s White House.”
    • The Secret Service said in its response to the WSJ:

“There are no records pertaining to your request.”

Chris Larson contributed to this report. 

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  • Dackary Christopher

    It’s fascinating how the left-wing media takes every development of this investigation as a guarantee that Trump will be impeached (and likely prosecuted), yet Fox News convinces its viewers that the investigation isn’t even happening. This is what you get when the media holds public office.

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