Trump says he didn't record conversations with ex-FBI chief Comey
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 16:11
Trump's statement brings to an end speculation that began shortly after accounts emerged about the president's exchanges with Comey - speculation the president himself began with a post on Twitter that warned the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director that there might have been tapes of their conversations.
Trump on May 12 floated the idea that he had an audio record of their conversations.
Mr Trump's tweet comes as the FBI and department of justice-appointed special counsel Robert Mueller are also continuing to conduct wide ranging investigations into Russia's role in the November election.
Eventually, the Secret Service announced they couldn't find any such tapes between Trump and Comey.
U.S. lawmakers who are investigating Russia's role in the 2016 Presidential elections had asked the White House to provide recordings of conversations between Comey and Trump.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., whose panel is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. "If the president had no tapes, why did he suggest otherwise?" You been hearing the word unmasking, a word you've probably never heard before, so you never know what's out there and I didn't tape and I don't have any tape and I didn't tape. Comey called Trump's bluff, saying "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".
"I think he was in his way instinctively trying to rattle Comey", former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a longtime Trump confidant, has said. However, staffers continued to say that despite the disastrous consequences of the entire episode, the president had no regrets.
"Over a fairly short period of time - oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer".
"He's not a professional politician". I think in many ways it was maybe an attempt to try to intimidate Jim Comey, which obviously he didn't. Comey said he believes he was sacked as a result of the FBI investigation.
Those tapes implicated Nixon in a cover-up of a burglary of the Democratic Party's headquarters in the Watergate building, compelling him in 1974 to become the first American president to resign.