Wiping out any tapes means breaking the law, Charles Schumer, Senate Democratic Leader, warns.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham stated that the White House is required to “clear the air” regarding whether the tapes really exist or not.
The above comments arised after Trump’s threatening tweet to the former FBI director. Last week, Trump warned Comey that he “better hope there are no tapes” of their talks.
Senator Graham remarked that Trump’s tweet was “inappropriate” and demanded the president to “back off and let the investigation go forward”.
“You can’t be cute about tapes,” he said. “If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over.”
However, the White House didn’t say for sure if there are any tapes; the White House never denied it or affirmed it.
Continuing his warnings, Schumer said that Senate Democrats may reject voting for another new FBI chief until a DA investigates if Russia had interfered in the US election.
Currently, the FBI is working on the allegations between Moscow and Trump elections campaign. Meanwhile, President Trump denied any ties between Moscow and his campaign and stated that Comey guaranteed that he wasn’t being investigated.
Schumer said that if tapes do exist: “the president should turn them over immediately. To destroy them would be a violation of law”.
“If there are no tapes, he should apologise to both Jim Comey and the American people for misleading them,” he added.
As for Comey’s replacement, Trump declared he will announce it later this week. Allegedly, there are 11 people competing for the position such as acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Republican Senator John Cornyn as well as senior lawyer Alice Fisher and New York Appeals Court Judge Michael Garcia