Trump: I don’t have tapes of James Comey

Trump: I don’t have tapes of James Comey

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WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump said on Twitter Thursday that he does not possess tapes of his conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey, despite suggesting in a tweet last month that they may have existed.

Shortly after terminating Comey, Trump tweeted that Comey should hope there are no tapes before he leaks to the press.

The White House initially declined to clarify the tweet, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer telling reporters that the tweet spoke for itself and was not intended to be a threat.

Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month that he had made memos of conversations with the president immediately after they took place.

In one, which Comey acknowledged that he provided to a Columbia Law Professor to share with the media, the former Director charged that Trump had urged him to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviseer Michael Flynn.

Emphasizing his certainty in the accuracy of the depiction of the conversation, Comey told lawmakers that he hoped the tapes did, in fact, exist.

“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey said.

Trump told reporters earlier this month that he intended to make an announcement on the tapes, but coyly noted that the media would be disappointed by his answer.

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