On Thursday, President Trump said that he did not make or create any recordings of discussions between himself and former FBI Director James Comey, despite teasing media outlets to the possibility that they may have existed.
“With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” he said on Twitter.
According to Politico:
Trump’s announcement comes a day before a House Intelligence Committee deadline. The panel had asked the White House to produce any types or documentation that may exist by this Friday.
Trump first broached the possibility of “tapes” with a May 12 tweet, just three days after he abruptly fired Comey, who was leading an investigation into potential collusion between Trump associates and Russia to influence the 2016 election.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” the president warned that morning.
Earlier this month, Trump said he would be forthcoming on the tapes and suggested there really wasn’t anything to be concerned about.
“Oh, you’re gonna be very disappointed when you hear the answer,” he said. “Don’t worry.”
— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) June 22, 2017
One person suggested:
Trump bluffing about the potential existence of "tapes" forced Comey to tell the truth.
He can't change his testimony now.
4D Chess. pic.twitter.com/7zflJVP6Zc
— /pol/ News Forever (@polNewsForever) June 22, 2017
That would seem to fall in line with something Newt Gingrich told the Associated Press.
“I think he was, in his way, instinctively trying to rattle Comey,” he said. “He’s not a professional politician. He doesn’t come back and think about Nixon and Watergate. His instinct is: ‘I’ll outbluff you.’ “
The AP further noted:
Comey has claimed that any recordings would support his claims that Trump asked him to pledge loyalty and to drop the investigation into Trump’s former national security adviser.
“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey declared at a congressional hearing.
Now we know that Trump never made any tapes, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Given what has happened since the November election, there’s no telling what might exist in the way of recordings…
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