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Trump Finally Admits He Mislead Americans Over Non-Existent ‘Comey Tapes’

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Trump Finally Admits He Mislead Americans Over Non-Existent ‘Comey Tapes’

Ending weeks of speculation, President Trump said he didn’t make and doesn’t have any tapes of his White House conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, Bloomberg reported Thursday.

“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,” Trump said Thursday in a pair of statements on Twitter, “but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.”




Trump suggested in a tweet last month that he may have taped his interactions with Comey during visits by the then-FBI director to the White House, declining to say whether such recordings actually existed.

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump wrote on Twitter in May.

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump wrote.

At a news conference earlier this month, Trump said he would reveal “in the very near future” whether he has the tapes or not.

“I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future,” Trump told reporters.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said he thinks President Trump was trying to “rattle” former FBI Director James Comey by suggesting there might be recordings of their conversations.

“I think he was, in his way, instinctively trying to rattle Comey,” Gingrich told The Associated Press.




“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 Hill added:

“The existence of such tapes would have been explosive. The discovery of a secret recording system in the White House under then-President Richard Nixon helped trigger his resignation amid the Watergate scandal.

No president since is known to have recorded conversations in the Oval Office.

During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Comey said he hoped the tapes existed because they would vindicate his account of his interactions with Trump — and the events that led to his firing.”

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

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