Saturday, 24 June, 2017

Secret Service says it doesn't have any Trump tapes

If there are tapes, can the White House be forced to turn them o - KBZK.com | Continuous News | Bozeman, Montana If there are tapes, can the White House be forced to turn them over?
Debra Rodriguez | 17 June, 2017, 07:02

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.

"I think the president made it very clear on Friday that he would get back as soon as possible on this", he told reporters.

The Wall Street Journal cautioned readers not to jump to conclusions when it published the Secret Service's response to the publication's Freedom of Information Act request.

However, the Wall Street Journal said the Secret Service's response doesn't mean recordings weren't created by another entity.

Comey, in last week's testimony, said he has no idea if the recordings exist, but he has a preference: "Lordy", he told senators, "I hope there are tapes". "It just seems to be implausible that tapes would exist that contradict Comey and be held by the White House". He added, "Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday an announcement would come "when the president is ready to make it".

That tweet has prompted repeated demands from the congressional committees investigating any possible collusion between Trump's team and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign, and the process by which he fired Comey, for him to hand over any tapes that exist.

Asked whether the president's tweets - which were cited in the court's ruling - were endangering policy, Spicer said cases should be decided on the rule of law.

In a shocking revelation made by U.S. Secret Service, officials have stated that they have no White House tapes.

The leader of the House Intelligence Committee sked White House counsel Don McGahn on Friday to confirm whether any tapes exist, and if so, to produce them for the committee by June 23.

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