Members of the House Intelligence Committee are asking the White House to hand over any tapes that may exist of President Donald Trump's conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.
Rep. Mike Conway (R-Texas) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the two lawmakers leading the investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign officials and Russians, asked White House counsel Don McGahn on Friday to confirm whether the tapes exist, and if so, to produce them for the committee by June 23, Politico reported.
Hours earlier, President Trump refused to say whether or not any tapes existed when asked about them at a press conference in the Rose Garden.
Trump first mentioned "tapes" in a May 12 tweet responding to media criticism over his firing of Comey, who was leading the investigation into potential collusion between Trump associates and Russia.
Comey testified under oath before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday that the president had asked him to end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
When asked about Trump's comment about tapes, Comey said "Lordy, I hope there are tapes."
Comey told the committee he felt compelled to keep memos of his interactions with Trump because he worried the President wouldn't be honest about them later.
The House Intelligence Committee also requested copies of Comey's notes and memos detailing his conversations with Trump.
The Senate panel has also requested copies of memos Comey turned over to his friend, Columbia law professor Dan Richman. Comey gave him the memos to release to the press, saying he hoped it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel in the investigation.