By Coby
Posted May 18, 2017

On Sunday lawmakers asked President Donald Trump to hand over all of his taped conversations with former FBI chief James Comey. The Democrats have considered the option of boycotting the vote for Comey’s replacement. On Twitter Trump suggested that such tapes exist but neither Trump or the white house spokesman would confirm this on the record.

In a highly unusual move, Trump last week appeared to suggest on Twitter that he might have tapes of conversations with Comey and warned the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation against talking to the media. Trump and a White House spokesman declined to confirm or deny whether such tapes exist.

The Republican Senator from South Carolina has made the suggestion that if these tapes exist then they need to be made public to clear the air in a sense. When Trump fired Comey he set the political world on edge. Among the skeptics of how Trump really got in office, this came at a bad time as the FBI has been investigating ties with Russian meddling. The official reason that was given for Comey’s dismissal was because he lacked the respect for his job and the respect of those under him.

“‘You can't be cute about tapes. If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over,’ Graham told NBC's "Meet the Press" program.”

U.S. lawmakers on Sunday called on President Donald Trump to turn over any tapes of conversations with fired FBI chief James Comey, potentially setting up a showdown with the White House as Democrats considered a boycott of the vote on Comey's replacement.

In a highly unusual move, Trump last week appeared to suggest on Twitter that he might have tapes of conversations with Comey and warned the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation against talking to the media. Trump and a White House spokesman declined to confirm or deny whether such tapes exist.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said the White House must "clear the air" about whether there are any taped conversations.

"You can't be cute about tapes. If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over," Graham told NBC's "Meet the Press" program.

To sum up what the Republican Senator from Utah said was one way or another the tapes will be heard, if Trump gives them up or if the are subpoenaed, they will be heard. He also said that recording conversations in the White House may not be the best idea.

If there are recordings, Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah told the "Fox News Sunday" program it was "inevitable" that they would be subpoenaed and the White House would have to release them.

At this point, the tapes need to be handed over and if they are destroyed it will be an illegal act. In addition to all of the added heat, a prosecutor will be named to investigate the Trump-Russia ties. The benefit of bringing in a person to investigate the matter is that they will not be manipulated by Trump or the Trump haters.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump must immediately provide Congress with any tapes and warned that destroying existing tapes would violate the law.

Schumer also said Senate Democrats are weighing whether to refuse to vote on a new FBI director until a special prosecutor is named to investigate Trump's potential ties to Russia.

Russia has denied the claims and the White House says there was no collusion.

"To have that special prosecutor, people would breathe a sigh of relief because then there would be a real independent person overlooking the FBI director," Schumer told CNN's "State of the Union" program.

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