>> US President Donald Trump on Monday facing pressure from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to turn over any tapes of conversations he had with fired FBI Chief James Comey. In weekend interviews Republican Senator Lindsey Graham telling NBC the White House must quote, clear the air about whether such tapes exist.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer warning on CNN that destroying any tapes would violate the law. And Republican Senator, Mike Lee telling Fox News that if there are recordings, it's inevitable they'll be subpoenaed if not released by the White House. The comments coming after Trump, in an apparent threat to Comey last week, warned him not to talk to the media, suggesting there might be recordings of their talks.
Trump and White House spokesman, Sean Spicer neither confirming nor denying their existence, Trump's firing of Comey last week sparking a political firestorm. The FBI has been investigating alleged Russian meddling in the US election and possible ties between Moscow and the Trump campaign. Schumer also saying Senate Democrats are weighing whether to refuse to vote on a new FBI Director until a special prosecutor is named to investigate Trump's potential ties to Russia.
Democrats however do not have the votes to block an FBI nominee because Republicans hold the majority in the Chamber, Trump meanwhile has said he's moving quickly to find Comey's replacement.>> Do you mind making a decision or an announcement before you leave for Saudi?>> We can make a fast decision, these are outstanding people that are very well known.
>> The Justice Department holding interviews over the weekend, contenders include acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Republican Senator John Cornyn, and former New York city Police Commissioner, Ray Kelly.