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No 'tapes:' Trump says he did not record meetings with Comey

No 'tapes:' Trump says he did not record meetings with Comey
Posted at 1:18 PM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-22 09:31:11-04

(RNN) - President Donald Trump said Thursday on Twitter that he has no recordings of his conversations with former FBI director James Comey. 

"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," Trump tweeted.

The president raised the possibility of recordings last month, shortly after he fired Comey. He tweeted May 12, "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

Trump and his spokespeople have fielded questions since the initial tweet but never given a clear answer on whether there were "tapes." The House intelligence committee sent a letter demanding that any recordings of their conversations be turned over for the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign colluded with the country.

The president said June 9 at a news conference that he would tell people about the tapes "maybe sometime in the very near future."

Under a law created after Watergate, all presidential recordings are public property, and destroying them would be a crime.

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