The White House declined on Friday to say whether President Donald Trump is recording conversations in the Oval Office or those with dinner guests in the White House.
The president is reported to have asked Comey whether he could be loyal to him during a dinner meeting in February shortly after his inauguration. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy Press Secretary of the White House had said that Comey's firing would not affect the investigation into Russia's meddling in the United States presidential election. The lawmakers called for a new Federal Bureau of Investigation director without any political background and said Trump would need to hand over to Congress any taped conversations with Comey, if they exist.
The top House Democrats on the Oversight and Judiciary Committees sent a letter to White House Counsel Donald McGahn to request copies of "all recordings in possession of the White House regarding this matter".
Trump says his busy schedule makes it "not possible" for his staff to speak at the podium with "perfect accuracy". Trump said in a tweet that he followed up in a second missive: "Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"
President Donald Trump contradicted his own White House team on the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
The president said Saturday a new director could be named by Friday, the day he departs for his first presidential foreign trip.
While the suggestion might seem extreme, it's one worth considering if you consider this: What good are White House press briefings now other than entertainment?
Mr McCabe said that Mr Comey enjoyed "broad support" from the rank and file. "And he made a decision based on that", Sanders said in an interview with MSNBC. "It hasn't recovered from that", Trump explained why he wanted to fire Comey.
He also specifically brought up the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.
"He tried to stay away from it", the former official told NBC.
"This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story". It initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus, only to have that version undercut by Trump himself.
News of firing took many White House officials by surprise, forcing them to scramble to provide explanations that proceeded to change in the hours and days after the news broke.
The interview was the first time Trump spoke to the press at length about the firing of Comey, after the White House had released mixed signals and narratives on the episode.
Those Democrats, Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland and John Conyers of MI, also requested "all documents, memoranda, analyses, emails, and other communications relating to the President's decision to dismiss Director Comey - a decision which the president declared yesterday he planned to make "regardless of [Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's] recommendation" - and all discussions with Director Comey".