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Democratic Report Says 'Good Faith Reason' to Believe There May Be Tapes of Trump and Comey

The status report doesn't look good for the White House.

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Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released a status report on the Russia investigation — and buried within it is a revelation that may aide investigations into whether the president obstructed justice early in his administration.

In their report on the committee’s all-but-closed Russia probe, the Democrat minority said it “has a good faith reason to believe that the White House does in fact possess” documents or recordings of conversations between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey.

The minority laid out the timeline and reasoning behind its conclusion, starting with the president’s apparent threat on Twitter that “Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press” to their numerous letters to White House counsel Don McGahn requesting any and all information about the alleged recordings.

Despite receiving two letters from the White House, the minority concluded that the administration’s responses were “woefully inadequate” and did not prove to them that any “recordings, memoranda or other documents” currently or formerly existed.

During Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, he remarked that he would welcome the release of such recordings.

“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey told the committee.

You can read the entire report below:

House Intelligence Committee Democrats' report on the Russia investigation by Noor Al-Sibai on Scribd

Noor Al-Sibai is a writer and editor for Raw Story, whose work has appeared in Bustle, Everyday Feminism, and Rewire.