Secret Service Says It Has No Tapes, Recordings Of Trump Conversations
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 15:58
One of the highlights of James Comey's Senate testimony last week occurred when the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director enthusiastically said, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes" when discussing President Trump's tweet-threat to release "tapes" of the private conversations between the two.
"It appears, from a review of Secret Service's main indices, that there are not records pertaining to your request", the agency told the Journal in a letter.
Although the Secret Service has handled the White House's recording systems in the past - including for presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy - the agency's latest denial may not necessarily rule out the possibility of a separate recording system, according to The Journal. Spicer said that he would have an announcement on the matter when he was ready. Mr. Trump was alluding to conversations that Comey wrote about in a memo released following his termination, alleging the president had pressured him to drop the FBI investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka, says her father felt "vindicated" and "incredibly optimistic" following fired FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony last week.
"Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry", said Trump.
The White House has continued to deflect on whether or not there are tapes of Trump's conversations with Comey.
At Monday's briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer kept alive hope that such recordings might exist.
"When the president is ready to make it", Spicer responded, in Washington's version of "after the break!"
Spicer refused to engage reporters who asked why the president won't give a clear-cut answer on the potential recordings.