WASHINGTON, U.S. – In a shocking revelation made by U.S. Secret Service, officials have stated that they have no White House tapes.
The revelation was made in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The Wall Street Journal that asked for any copies of transcripts of White House tapes.
In response, the agency, which is responsible for recording systems inside the White House said that it didn’t have any – claiming, “There are no records pertaining to your request.”
Adding, “In response to your request, the Secret Service has conducted a reasonable search for responsive records. It appears, from a review of Secret Service’s main indices, that there are no records pertaining to your request that are referenced in these indices.”
The issues related to so called secret tapes came up in days after U.S. President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.
He warned Comey on Twitter saying that the fired FBI Director should hope there are no secret tapes of the conversations between him and Trump.
Much has gone down ever since then, including Comey’s explosive testimony, in which he made several accusations against the President and said he hope there were tapes recording their conversations.
However, after much damage caused by the testimony, Trump not only shot down the accusations where Comey alleged Trump had sought his “honest loyalty” but also that the President had asked Comey to close the investigation into his former National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn.
The tapes, if they existed would prove Comey’s assertions, forming the basis of an obstruction of justice case against Trump, which if proven could lead to an eventual impeachment.
After Comey’s testimony, Trump again dangled the possibility that he has “tapes” of his conversations at the White House.
However, he refused to confirm or deny their existence.
Soon after, the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative K. Michael Conaway, Republican of Texas, and Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California announced that they had sent a letter to the White House counsel, Don McGahn, asking “that he inform the committee whether any White House recordings or memoranda of Comey’s conversations with President Trump now exist or have in the past.”
They addressed another letter to Comey, asking for copies of the memos he wrote documenting his conversations with Trump.
They have sought copies of the tapes or memos, if they exist, by June 23.
Now, the admission by the U.S. Secret Service has cast new doubts on the existence of audio recordings of Trump’s conversations before firing Comey.
The response from the Secret Service, reports noted, however, did not rule out the possibility that recordings were made by another entity.
On Friday, Trump also said that he would soon reveal whether there were any such tapes and said the press would be “disappointed” by his announcement, raising doubts about the existence of tapes.
The Secret Service previously handled recording systems within the White House for past presidents, including presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.
Meanwhile, at the Monday morning briefing, White House press secretary Sean Spicer kept alive hope that such recordings might exist.
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