US Secret Service says it does not have any White House tapes


It's not a White House press briefing until press secretary Sean Spicer starts stammering like Porky Pig in uneven pancake makeup.

"I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", Trump said last week on the possibility of tapes. It took place a few hours after Comey's testimony ended, and could have been part of the full day planned by Trump aides to keep him off of Twitter while the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director testified.

The issue of White House tapes has been raised repeatedly in the ongoing controversy involving the president, ousted FBI director James Comey and the investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russian officials.

And last Friday, the day after Comey testified on Capitol Hill and the same day Trump again refused to say whether tapes existed - the two leaders of the Russian Federation investigation in the House fired off a request to the White House: If there are recordings, Congress wants to see them by June 23. "You'd tend to say that the last few months seemed to last a long time if lots had happened, and to be faster if not much had".

The Secret Service, which protects the president and his family, maintained a secret taping system for the White House in the eras of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

The agency was responding to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the Wall Street Journal.

The House Intelligence Committee has requested the White House turn over any tapes that might exist.

But some, have questioned whether Trump is just bluffing about the tapes. Spicer said the statement would be released "when the president's ready to make it".

"I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", Trump said in the Rose Garden on Friday.

Several other journalist have reported similar interactions with Trump.

'I've seen the tweet about the tapes, ' Comey said.

Trump added that people would be disappointed with the answer.

Fellow Republicans, meanwhile, pressed Trump to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey and provide them to Congress if he does - or possibly face a subpoena. It was this leak - the leak Trump that had asked Comey to drop the Flynn investigation - that prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to recuse himself from the case and appoint Bob Mueller as special counsel.