Trump Backs Down, FINALLY Admits He Has No Comey ‘Tapes’ (DETAILS) | THE POLITICUS

Trump Backs Down, FINALLY Admits He Has No Comey ‘Tapes’ (DETAILS)

After more than a month of speculation by investigators, the media, and the American public, Donald Trump just admitted that he has no secret recordings of conversations he had with fired FBI Director James Comey:

Back in May, Trump fired up the engine of the investigation full bore when he hinted that he may have covertly recorded his interactions with Comey:

It wouldn’t have been unprecedented for a president to bug his own office. Nixon during the Watergate scandal, leading to his resignation. Nixon’s tapes were found after the fact. But Trump’s statement, despite his cryptic use of quotation marks (possibly to provide a way to say he didn’t mean physical recordings at a later date), inadvertently led directly to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Rep Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, sent a message to the president Thursday that time was “running out” to meet the deadline the panel set earlier this month for the White House to release information regarding any secret recordings they may have had. That deadline was tomorrow, indicating that Trump still has at least some idea that he will have to cooperate with congressional investigations. Trump continues, however, to insist the entire affair is a “witch hunt,” dismissing American intelligence agencies’ wide consensus on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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