House Intel Panel Threatens White House with Subpoena on Comey Recordings

Leading members of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation, Republican Representative Mike Conaway and Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, said Thursday that the committee is not satisfied with the White House response to whether there are tapes or records of the President’s meetings with former FBI Director James Comey, NPR reports.

In a statement Thursday, Conaway and Schiff threatened a subpoena to “ensure a satisfactory response” to the question of whether the White House has recordings, memos or other documents detailing meetings the President had with former FBI Director James Comey.

The committee originally asked that question on June 9, in a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn. The White House responded to the request, also in a letter, by simply pointing to the President’s tweet in which he said he did not make and doesn’t possess any tapes. That response, Conaway and Schiff argue, wasn’t enough.

“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 statement said.

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