U.S . President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he did not have any recordings of his conversations with ousted Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), James Comey.
“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 tweeted.
Trump had raised the possibility of tapes in May when he fired Comey, who was heading the FBI investigation into alleged Russia’s meddling in the Nov. 8 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Comey had, in a leak afterwards, recounted a White House meeting he had with Trump in January when he claimed the president asked him to pledge his loyalty.
Trump disputed Comey’s version and claimed the former FBI chief actually pleaded for his job.
The president then tweeted that Comey had “better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations.”
The House Intelligence Committee, one of the congressional panels probing the Russian alleged collusion, had set a deadline for Friday to turn over any tapes the White House might have.