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Trump says he was bluffing about "tapes" of conversations with James Comey

Trump pours cold water on his own suggestion that he has tapes of conversations with James Comey

Charlie May
June 22, 2017 5:50PM (UTC)

It turns out that President Donald Trump does not actually have "tapes" of his conversations between himself and the former FBI Director he fired, James Comey, despite the president's original threats that he may have recorded their talks.

"James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" the president tweeted on May 12. But Trump admitted over Twitter on Thursday afternoon that no such recordings actually existed.


"With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking, and illegal leaking of information," he wrote, "I have no idea …. whether there are ‘tapes’ of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, such recordings.

It took him an entire 42 days for Trump to ultimately say "nevermind."

The House Intelligence Committee is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and has sought information regarding any possible recorded tapes Trump was referring to, according to Bloomberg. On June 9 the panel sent a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn requesting for the tapes to be turned over, if they existed, by June 23.

Trump has called the investigation into whether or not he obstructed justice, or if he colluded with the Russian government as "the single greatest witch hunt in American political history." Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's lawyers insisted in multiple interviews on Sunday news programs that the president was not under any type of investigation, even though Trump tweeted that he was. Vice President Mike Pence has also hired a personal attorney as the investigation proceeds.

Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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