Trump says he didn’t record conversations with ex-FBI chief Comey

President Donald Trump said he doesn’t have recordings of his conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey, capping weeks of speculation about whether such tapes exist.Mr Comey, who was running the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between associates of the president and Russians seeking to influence last year’s election before he was sacked on May 9, says Mr Trump pressed him to drop the inquiry into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.President Donald Trump says it’s “bothersome” that the man investigating possible ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian Federation is good friends with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.CNN quoted a senior administration official as saying it became clear that President Trump had to “come clean on his lie about the Comey tapes before the Friday deadline set on him by Congress to hand over any recordings”. “Not that I’m aware of”, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders answered.The president also raised questions about the impartiality of Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director who was named special counsel after Mr. Comey was sacked.He said that the president had asked him in no uncertain terms to give assurances that he would be loyal. At the time of their meetings, Comey was in charge of the FBI’s investigation into potential collusion between the president’s campaign and Russia, USA Today reported.When Trump originally tweeted on the topic, it was a jab that appeared to be directed squarely at James Comey.Trump’s tweets on Thursday raised questions about why the president would have staked his reputation and political capital on promoting something that wasn’t real. But there’s been no collusion, no obstruction, and virtually everybody agrees to that. Any recordings would also be subject to the 1978 Presidential Records Act that Watergate inspired, and must be kept for the public record. In a hearing with the Senate Intelligence Committee Comey on June 8, Comey said: “Lordy, I hope there are tapes”.”He’s very, very good friends with Comey, which is very bothersome”, Trump, with the First Lady by his side, told Earhardt. Destroying them would be a crime.Trump said in his latest tweets that he has “no idea” whether there are “tapes” of the two men’s conversations.