Former FBI chief James Comey had been investigating possible collusion between Mr Trump's election campaign officials and Moscow. Trump's list boasts attorneys, lawmakers, and law enforcement officials, including Sen. Those associates felt comfortable going public with the story following Trump's decision to fire Comey on Tuesday evening, amid an escalating FBI investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian Federation.
"All I can tell you is, well I know what, I know that I'm not under investigation. Me".
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., also issued a blistering statement on Trump's tweets, calling on the president to "immediately provide any such recordings to Congress or admit, once again, to have made a deliberately misleading - and in this case threatening - statement". There is also reportedly tension between Republican officials and the White House over tactics.
Trump's name has been figuratively connected at the hip to former President Richard Nixon's after he fired the acting FBI director who was investigation his associates. "Trump tweeted on Friday, preceded by his threats to cancel briefings ".Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"
Comey was directing investigations into connections between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, along with possible meddling by Moscow in the 2016 US presidential election. "And at that time, he told me, "You are not under investigation".
Trump pressed Comey several times for his loyalty, and finally Comey told the president he would have the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's "honest loyalty", according to the newspaper account.
In addition to any possible tapes, the two congressmen request "all documents, memoranda, analyses, emails, and other communications relating to the President's decision to dismiss Director Comey" by May 25.
He said there had been no attempt to impede the investigation and that he believed it would be unaffected by Mr Comey's departure.
During the transition, Mr Trump's advisers floated the idea of moving the media from the White House to the nearby Executive Office Building to accommodate media interest.
"I don't think there was ever an attempt to pin the decision on the deputy attorney general" for Comey's firing, said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House principal deputy press secretary.
Noted legal scholar Laurence Tribe told AFP that if Comey did indeed answer Trump's question, it would violate Department of Justice rules and "would be unthinkably unethical and unprofessional in this situation".
Comey was appointed by Obama in 2013.