Secret Service says it doesn't have any Trump tapes

Posted June 18, 2017

"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said at his hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.

When asked what she thought of Comey's testimony, in which he said Trump suggested he drop a probe into former National Security adviser Michael Flynn's Russian Federation contacts, Ivanka Trump said her father felt "very vindicated.and feels incredibly optimistic".

The issue of White House tapes has been raised repeatedly in the ongoing controversy involving the president, ousted FBI director James Comey and the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian officials.

The Secret Service said Monday that it has no audio or transcripts of any recordings made within President Trump's White House, but did not categorically say that recordings of conversations between Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey do not exist. "You'd tend to say that the last few months seemed to last a long time if lots had happened, and to be faster if not much had".

One big strike against President Trump's insinuation that recordings of White House conversations might exist: The Secret Service isn't aware of any.

The original Freedom of Information Act request for possible Secret Service tapes and/or transcripts was sent by The Wall Street Journal, though the publication was careful to mention that conversations could have been monitored by an organization other than the Secret Service.

Perhaps the most convincing argument against the tapes' existence, though, is the fact that in this notoriously leaky White House, nothing about a taping system has leaked to the press yet.

But some, have questioned whether Trump is just bluffing about the tapes.

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct", Comey said.

"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said.

It's been a month since Trump first suggested he had recordings of his private conversations with James Comey that might contradict the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's version of events surrounding his firing. An OANN reporter asked when the president will release the tapes, and Spicer referred to Trump's Friday presser stating that "the president made clear in the Rose Garden last week he'll have an announcement shortly".

"Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry", said Trump. Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.