White House won’t say if President Trump secretly recorded conversation with ex-FBI Director Comey
Posted: 2:31 pm Friday, May 12th, 2017
By Staff Writer
Hours after President Donald Trump raised the possibility that he had recordings of a late January dinner conversation with then-FBI Director James Comey, the White House refused to tell reporters if such tapes existed, or if the President was in fact using recording devices in the Oval Office.
“Did President Trump record his conversations with former FBI Director Comey?”
“I’ve talked to the President, and the President has nothing further to add on that,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
At issue was a morning tweet by the President – warning the former FBI chief against any leaks.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
On Capitol Hill, Democrats immediately seized on the matter, demanding that the President turn over any tapes to Congress.
“Mr. President, if there are “tapes” relevant to the Comey firing, it’s because you made them and they should be provided to Congress,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
The @WhiteHouse Press Briefing just ended.@PressSec repeatedly refused to deny that @POTUS secretly records Oval Office conversations.
“Are there tapes, Donald Trump?” asked Rep. Diana Degette (D-CO). “If so, the American people deserve to hear them.”
The tweet about “tapes” immediately invoked memories of the Oval Office tapes that became a central part of the battle over President Richard Nixon, a taping system that was not known about until being uncovered by hearings on Watergate.
If there are indeed tapes of such conversations, Congress could try to subpoena those for any investigation.