Warner: I will 'absolutely' subpoena tapes between Comey and Trump if they exist

Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOvernight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain Facebook under fire over Russian ads in election MORE (D-Va.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he will “absolutely” subpoena recordings of conversations between President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey if they exist.

“Listen, I don’t have the foggiest whether there are tapes are not, but the fact that the president made allusions to that and then the White House would not confirm or deny, it is not anything we have seen in recent days,” Warner told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday.

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Warner, who is leading the Senate’s investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere in the United States presidential election along with Sen. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrLawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program Facebook under fire over Russian ads in election 5 senators call for US to shutter embassy in Havana MORE (R-N.C.), said that while another committee may need to subpoena the tapes, it is essential to make sure they don’t “mysteriously disappear.”

“I’ve asked, others have asked, to make sure the tapes are preserved, if they exist,” Warner said.

Trump on Friday threatened Comey on Twitter several days after firing him. 

“James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted.

Since Comey’s firing, current and former FBI officials have given alternative descriptions of a meeting between the president and the former FBI head. Trump, in a signed letter firing Comey, said Comey had told him three times that he was not under investigation by the bureau.