President Donald Trump has said that he has no secret recordings of his interactions with sacked FBI boss James Comey, despite earlier hints that tapes do exist.
On Thursday, the day before the US leader would have been required to hand over any such recordings to Congress, Trump tweeted that he did not make, nor did he possess any tapes.
With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
…whether there are “tapes” or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
Speculation over the existence of recordings of the pair was triggered by the President after he tweeted: “James Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations”, days after firing him in May.
Comey responded by telling Congress that in fact he would be happy if any such tapes were released and hoped they existed.
The whole affair stems from allegations that Russian hackers targetted US electoral systems to help Trump win last year’s presidential election.
In a move that shocked Washington, Trump sacked Comey in May after the FBI launched an investigation into the matter.
Now Comey is saying Trump had a “chilling effect” on the probe, and that the president demanded loyalty.