WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump, who has hinted tapes exist of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, declined to say if they do during a Friday Rose Garden press conference.
Asked directly if tapes of conversations with Comey exist, Trump said, “Well, I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future.”
Trump, who seemed to revel in the suspense he was building, asked again about the tapes told the reporter,”Oh, you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer.”
Meanwhile, on Friday, the House intelligence committee also asked the White House counsel whether there are any tape recordings or memos of Comey’s conversations with Trump.
Trump spoke at a joint press conference with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis the day after Comey testified, under oath before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that Trump was pressuring him to end the FBI probe of ties between Russia and fired National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Trump, asked if he would testify under oath – which raises the significance of what Trump says far beyond statements on Twitter posts – said he would, “100 percent.”
Trump and Comey, who Trump fired on May 9, are now trading charges on who is a liar.
“I hardly know the man,” Trump said at the press conference. On Friday morning, Trump said in a Twitter post, “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”
The Senate hearing never revealed whether Trump had, as he hinted in a May 12 Twitter post, a secret recording system which would render moot Comey’s nine memos-to-self about his private conversations with Trump and even much of his testimony about his recollections of the calls and meetings.