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Secret Service says it does not have any White House tapes

17 June 2017

The request from the Journal sought recordings or transcripts of any recordings made after January 20 at the White House.

The Secret Service doesn't have audio recordings or transcriptions of conversations between President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey, the agency told the Wall Street Journal.

If President Trump did record his private White House meetings, he didn't enlist the Secret Service to help.

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"He asked specifically of loyalty in the context of asking me to stay", Comey told the Senate intelligence committee.

Never mind the political or legal consequences of making such a claim - the people CNN interviewed all said they didn't assume such a recording device existed.

Trump first raised the spectre of a White House recording system last month, in a tweet that he dashed off three days after firing Comey. He told reporters last week that he would discuss the possibility "in the very near future".

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Since his ominous tweet, Trump has repeatedly refused to confirm or deny whether those tapes exist. As one former Nixon aide recounted to Chris Whipple, the author of a new book about White House Chiefs of Staff, "For want of a toggle switch, the presidency was lost".

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) also said yesterday, in reference to Trump, "He should voluntarily turn them over not only to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but to the special counsel...." He also drafted a memo on instances where he felt President Trump was acting improperly when it came to possibly influencing an ongoing federal investigation into Michael Flynn. On June 12th, Monday during the White House Press he asked Mr.Trump to address the issue along with the recording, and they indirectly asked him when he is ready. Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders joked last week that she would look for them "under the couches", and press secretary Sean Spicer frustratingly added Monday that "the president made clear in the Rose Garden last week that he would have an announcement shortly".

Trump confidently said that there present a recorded conversation between him and Comey. "You just make it up, and you say that as a way of intimidating the other side".

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Trump deserves a pass for strong-arming Comey because "the president is new at this" in Washington and he's "learning as he goes".

Secret Service says it does not have any White House tapes