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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI): “The President tweeted that ‘James Comey better hope that there are no tapes of our conversation before he starts leaking to the press.’ Was that rather unsubtle attempt to intimidate you from testifying and intimidate anyone else who seriously crosses his path of not doing it?”

Comey: “I’m not going to sit here and try to interpret the President’s tweets. To me its major impact, was as I said, it occurred to me in the middle of the night: Holy cow, there might be tapes. And if there are tapes, it’s not just my word against his on the direction to get rid of the Flynn investigation.”

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Fired FBI Director James Comey confirmed that ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was under investigation for potentially misleading investigators.

When Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) first asked about Flynn, Comey noted “I don’t think I can talk about that in an open setting. And again, I’ve been out of government now about a month so I also don’t want to talk about things when it’s now somebody else’s responsibility but maybe in the classified setting we can talk more about that.”

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Fired FBI Director James Comey urged President Donald Trump to release any recordings he has of their conversations.

“Do you believe there were any tapes or recordings of your conversations with the President?” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) asked Comey.

“It never occurred to me until the President’s tweet,” Comey said. “I’m not being facetious. I hope there are. And I’ll consent to the release.”

“So both of you are in the same findings here,” Manchin said. “You both hope there’s tapes and recordings.”

“Well, I’m the — all I can do is hope,” Comey replied. “The President surely knows whether he taped me. And if he did, my feelings aren’t hurt. Release all the tapes. I’m good with it.”

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Fired FBI Director Jim Comey and Sen. Angus King (I-ME) drew laughter when discussing the circumstance of Comey’s one-on-one dinner with Trump.

“Did you in any way initiate that dinner?” King asked.

“No he called me at my desk at lunchtime and asked me, was I free for dinner that night?” Comey replied, detailing the logistics of his date with the President.

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