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Senators Voice Concerns About Trump’s Threat of Taped Conversations (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Sunday, May 14, 2017, 20:36

President Trump’s abrupt dismissal last week of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and his subsequent allusion to taped conversations with Mr. Comey continued to roil Washington on Sunday as lawmakers in both parties said that the recordings could or should come to light if they exist.

Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said the prospect that a conversation with Mr. Comey was recorded must be taken seriously.

“You can’t be cute about tapes,” he said. “If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over. I doubt if there are. But we need to clear the air.”

On Fox News, Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, said if there are recordings, it was “probably inevitable” that they would be turned over to Congress, which is investigating possible connections between Mr. Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Both senators, along with others, were responding to the president’s warning to Mr. Comey, in a Twitter post on Friday, that he had “better hope that
there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

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A former director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., said on Sunday that he found the firing “very disturbing” and that the country’s systems of checks and balances was “under assault” by the White House.

Mr. Clapper, interviewed by Jake Tapper on “State of the Union,” said that America’s democratic institutions were being attacked externally, a reference to Russia’s interference in the election last year, and internally.

“Internally from the president?” Mr. Tapper asked.

“Exactly,” Mr. Clapper said.

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