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Earlier on Thursday, Trump said he did not make and does not possess any tapes of his conversations with Comey, after suggesting last month he might have recordings that could undercut Comey's description of events.

With a tweet Thursday, Trump ended more than a month of suspense about whether he had, in fact, recorded his interactions with the Federal Bureau of Investigation chief he fired on May 9, declaring that "I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings".

During that period, the Obama administration held top secret meetings in the White House Situation Room debating dozens of retaliatory measures, including cyberattacks on Russian infrastructure, the release of potentially embarrassing CIA intelligence on Putin, and economic sanctions that officials said could "crater" the Russian economy. But Comey, though a likely witness, would not be a considered a victim of a crime in the classic sense as the firing in and of itself would not be illegal, said Stephen Gillers, a legal ethics scholar at the New York University law school.

You said you didn't tape [former FBI Director] James Comey.

23 de junio de 2017, 16:23Washington, June 23 (Prensa Latina) Twice as many United States citizens say they are more likely to believe former FBI Director James Comey than President Donald Trump, according to a new poll.

While testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Mr Comey said he hoped there were tapes. Trump and his personal attorney have denied he ever said that. More than a half-dozen aides said they were unaware of any recording devices. "Now, Trump's great fight is to have his presidency remembered for something else".

Trump's tweets on Thursday raised questions about why the president would have staked his reputation and political capital on promoting something that wasn't real.

BBC reports his interview with Fox & Friends on Friday, where Trump is quoted as saying "there has been no obstruction".

Trump has insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian government officials who sought to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 election, and he has scoffed at the suggestion he's interfered in an investigation he regularly dismisses as a "witch hunt". He never produced any evidence.

The project was still in its planning stages when Obama left office, and it is unclear whether the Trump administration continued advancing the plan. "I don't know how this serves the country's interests".

His tweet came a day before he was required by Congress to hand over any such tapes.

Two interviews on Friday indicate that the White House's line has now shifted. In March, he tweeted the incendiary claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor, a charge he's never supported.

Robert Mueller, the somber-faced and demanding FBI director who led the bureau through the September 11 attacks, and James Comey, his more approachable and outwardly affable successor, may be poles apart stylistically but both command a wealth of respect in the law enforcement and legal community.

So it's not just "collusion" and "obstruction of justice" that Taylor's sources say Robert Mueller is investigating Trump for.


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