Secret Service Says No Recordings Exist of Trump Conversations with Comey
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 21:04
For his part, Trump has repeatedly fueled speculation of White House recordings, first alluding to their possible existence in a tweet shortly following his decision to fire Comey.
Is there a White House recording system?
Trump disputed much of Comey's sworn testimony, which made reference to a series of detailed memos Comey said he kept after each conversation he had with Trump.
The agency, which has handled recording systems for past presidents, responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Wall Street Journal.
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.
The White House has continued to deflect on whether or not there are tapes of Trump's conversations with Comey. Trump strangely continued, "Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry".
"White House aides have declined to answer questions about whether there are tapes, with press secretary Sean Spicer saying he was "not aware" and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, saying she didn't know and then quipping she would "look under the couches" to check", the Journal reported. I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time.
"If there are tapes, it is probably not very hard for the Justice Department to get them", said Rotunda.