Secret Service says it doesn't have any Trump tapes

Wade Massey
June 14, 2017

After Trump again intimated last week that he could have recorded his controversial discussions with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, it remained unclear if that claim was true.

The president had said Comey's testimony vindicates his assertion that Trump himself was not personally under the investigation. He said under oath at his January confirmation hearing that he had not met with Russians during the campaign.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, an intelligence committee member, said senators were still deciding whether Sessions would be asked to testify in a classified briefing after the public hearing.

"I know him to be an honorable man, and I think this is just a chance for him to put all that to rest", Cornyn said.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director detailed "disturbing" interactions with Trump that led to his firing on May 9.

The Secret Service has handled recording systems within the White House for previous presidents. "To get into a hypothetical at this point would be premature".

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The announcement caps the drama that started over the weekend when Sessions canceled two appearances Tuesday, citing former Comey's blistering testimony last week.

The claim came in response to reports, since confirmed, that Comey himself had kept detailed notes on those discussions in which, he alleges, Trump demanded a pledge of loyalty and pressed the then-FBI director to pull off on an investigation into Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

In addition, Comey has said Sessions did not respond when he complained that he did not want to be left alone with Trump again.

When he testified before the Senate last week, Comey said, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes" of the conversations.

Comey told the intelligence committee in a closed session that Sessions may have had a third, undisclosed interaction with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., according to people familiar with the briefing. White House frustrations with the Justice Department spilled into public view last week, when Trump on Twitter criticized the legal strategy in defending his proposed travel ban.

Senate Democrats have raised the possibility that Sessions and Kislyak could have met there, though Justice Department officials say there were no private encounters or side meetings.

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