Trump admits no recordings of talks with Comey

On May 9, Trump suggested the existence of tape recordings just days after firing Comey and prior to his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
By Jason Spencer | Jun 24, 2017
After keeping the nation wondering for weeks, President Trump tweeted today that he does not have tape recordings of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.

"With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information," Trump wrote in a pair of tweets. "I have no idea whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings."

On May 9, Trump suggested the existence of tape recordings just days after firing Comey and prior to his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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

Ironically, Comey testified that it was Trump's 'tapes' tweet that drove him to leak the contemporaneous memos he wrote detailing his conversations with the president. It also led to the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation of possible collusion between Russia and Trump associates to meddle with the 2016 presidential election.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said his panel, which asked the administration in writing for information about the existence of any tape recordings, is still waiting for official word from the White House.

"This raises a lot of questions about why he would suggest in the first place there were tapes, what he hoped to gain from that?" said Schiff, in a report by Bloomberg. "And, moreover, why he kept the country guessing about this issue for weeks, and weeks and weeks."

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