Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday said that if President Donald Trump made "tapes" of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, Congress should issue a subpoena for those recordings.
WikiLeaks announced Friday it is prepared to pay $100,000 for any tapes of conversations between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.
"And, 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've won, '" he said.
The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Richard Durbin, went further on Friday and said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should appoint an independent special prosecutor to pursue possible criminal charges in relation to Comey's firing, although he did not specify if he meant such charges should be against Trump.
Hours before Blumenthal's news conference, Trump lashed out in a series of tweets Friday morning amid a firestorm over the abrupt firing of Comey, including a warning to the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director that he had better hope there are no "tapes" of their conversations.
"I don't think that's a threat".
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Trump appeared to threaten Comey on Friday morning, suggesting that there may be "tapes" of a January conversation between the two.
Different explanations have been given for Comey's firing, and the stories coming out of the Trump White House have changed each day since it happened. Later, Sanders said, "We want this to come to its conclusion, we want it to come to its conclusion with integrity".
He also blamed the FBI's unfolding probe on Democrats who are still unhappy with the outcome of the 2016 election, then threatened an end to press briefings at the White House.
The White House, however, declined repeatedly on Friday to discuss the matter - including whether there are recording devices in the Oval Office.
When asked whether he could announce a nominee by Friday, when he is scheduled to leave for the Middle East and Europe on his first trip overseas as president, Trump responded, "Even that is possible".
He questioned whether his administration should cancel all future press briefings and, instead, replace them with written responses to questions, "for the sake of accuracy".