Secret Service says it doesn't have any Trump tapes

Secret Service says it doesn't have any Trump tapes

Secret Service says it doesn't have any Trump tapes

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that the president is waiting to announce whether he has any tapes.

The White House has since declined to confirm whether or not any such recordings exist, let alone if Trump will release them at any point.

The issue of White House tapes has been raised repeatedly in the ongoing controversy involving the president, ousted FBI director James Comey and the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian officials. Stray audio equipment left behind by camera crews is known to draw suspicion, so it would be hard for a formal recording system to go unnoticed.

Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington.

But some, have questioned whether Trump is just bluffing about the tapes.

More than four decades ago, the Senate voted to create a special investigative committee to look into the Watergate break-in, and Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, subpoenaed the White House tapes from Nixon. According to journalist Timothy O'Brien, Trump repeatedly told him in the 2000s that he was recording their conversations.

"I think the president made it very clear on Friday that he would get back as soon as possible on this", he told reporters.

Personal anecdote: Candidate Trump once said he had taped a call with me, after disputing how he was quoted.

Several other journalist have reported similar interactions with Trump. But even he appears to be hinting that it's all a charade.

She added: "With all the noise, with all the intensity of the media coverage and obviously what makes headlines, ultimately we're really focused on why the American people elected Donald Trump as their president".

If Trump's initial tapes tweet was meant as an intimidation tactic, it nearly certainly backfired. In one memo, Comey said Trump tried to direct him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In May, Trump tweeted Comey "better hope there are no tapes" of their conversations. "I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn't dawn on me originally that there might be corroboration for our conversation".

After Mr Comey's testimony, Mr Trump said he had been vindicated because it was confirmed he had been told on three occasions that he was not under investigation.

The agency responded to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Wall Street Journal for any tapes that may exist by saying they didn't have any audio recordings or transcripts of any tapes.

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