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Secret Service says it doesn't have any Trump tapes


If President Donald Trump recorded his White House conversations, the Secret Service does not have copies, according to The Wall Street Journal.

After Trump again intimated last week that he could have recorded his controversial discussions with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, it remained unclear if that claim was true.

"I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said last week on the possibility of tapes.

"In response to your request, the Secret Service has conducted a reasonable search for responsive records", the agency wrote in a statement responding to the FOIA request.

There is still the possibility that recordings could have been created without the Secret Service's knowledge.

During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, Comey implored the president to "release all the tapes" he may have.

"And frankly, I think any lawyer worth their salt 100 percent agrees that the President is fully within his rights and his responsibilities to do what is necessary to protect the country", he said. 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".

Soon after, Chuck Schumer issued a public challenge: "President Trump: if you disagree with anything the Director said today, play the tapes for all of America to hear".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn't have any updates on Monday about when that answer may be coming. If he did make the tapes and hands them over, he better hope they prove his version of the facts, and not Comey's.

(Spicer) "The President made clear in the Rose Garden last week that he would have an announcement shortly".

Well, if there are any recordings from the Trump White House, the U.S. Secret Service does not have them. Bloomberg's Toluse Olorunnipa recently noted that Trump has often made and missed deadlines as a way of delaying or avoiding answering tough questions.

Since his ominous tweet, Trump has repeatedly refused to confirm or deny whether those tapes exist.

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