Trump’s admission comes after he previously teased in a tweet that there might be secret recordings of conversations between Comey and himself.
On May 12, he set both political wags and serious reporters to rampant speculating when he tweeted “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press,” just days after he abruptly fired the FBI director.
The veiled threat also spurred a memorable line from Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee weeks later.
“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” the former director said as he sussed out the details of his often tense and strained relationship with the new president.
But on Thursday, Trump offered a characteristically cryptic conclusion in a tweet. He hinted that Comey may be recorded somewhere else, by someone else, but as far as he is concerned, questions about the tapes can stop coming in his direction.
“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,” the president tweeted.