Comey urges Trump to release tapes
Former FBI Director James Comey urged President Donald Trump to release any tapes of conversations between them.
“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” said Comey, who told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he would “consent to the release” of the purported tapes.
Comey said it did not occur to him that there may be recordings of his conversations with the president until Trump tweeted, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
Trump tweeted the message three days after Comey was fired. The May 12th tweet appeared to be an attempt by Trump to intimidate and silence Comey.
“The president surely knows whether he taped me. And if he did, my feelings aren’t hurt. Release the entire, release all the tapes. I’m good with it,” said Comey.
Comey said he wrote contemporaneous memorandums documenting all nine of his conversations with Trump because he was concerned that Trump “might lie” about what transpired at their meetings. Come testified that Trump attempted to create a “patronage” relationship by demanding a “loyalty” pledge from him and pressured the FBI to drop its investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s contacts with Russian officials before Trump took office.
When Trump was asked whether tapes of his conversations with Comey existed, the president tried to brush off the question with a a cryptic response, “I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future.”