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Donald Trump says he does not have tapes of that secret meeting with Comey

Trump had previously hinted that he had tapes of a private conversation with FBI director James Comey.

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US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has said that he doesn’t have recordings of his private meeting with former FBI director James Comey, contradicting suggestions that there were tapes of the one-to-one meeting.

“With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are “tapes” or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” Trump said on Twitter.

The controversial private meeting between Donald Trump and James Comey concerned the ongoing FBI investigation into Russian links with the Trump administration and interference in the US election.

Comey alleges that during that meeting, Trump pushed him to drop the investigation into former national security advisor Michael Flynn, who was removed from his position as a result of the scandal.

Trump, meanwhile, denies trying to influence the FBI investigation. In a tweet last month, he suggested that there were recordings of the meeting in a warning to Comey:

“James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

Afterwards he clarified that he would reveal whether he had recordings of the conversation at a later date.

During a Senate hearing that emerged as a result of the conflicting statements, James Comey said that he ‘hoped’ there were recordings of the meeting.

Read: Secret Service says it has no tapes of Trump’s Comey conversations

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