The Secret Service stated Monday that it has no audio or records of any recordings made within President Trump’s White House, however did not unconditionally state that recordings of discussions in between Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey do not exist.
The company was reacting to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demand from the Wall Street Journal. It did not eliminate that the discussions in between Trump and Comey might have been tape-recorded by another entity.
The Secret Service has actually formerly been accountable for all taping systems within the White House, consisting of the one that caused Richard Nixon’s failure throughout the Watergate scandal.
The Journal’s demand looked for recordings or records of any recordings made after Jan. 20 at the White House. The paper stated it made the demand on May 15. The Secret Service stated an evaluation of its primary indices discovered no records associated with the demand.
Trump has actually been coy about whether any recordings exist of his personal discussions with Comey, who was dismissed by the president in May. Trump raised the possibility of tapes last month and informed press reporters recently that he would discuss their possible presence “in the extremely future.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer stated Monday a statement would come “when the president is prepared to make it.”
Comey recommended in his prominent Senate statement recently that any recordings would support his account over the president’s, including, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”
White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated recently she wasn’t knowledgeable about whether the White House had any sort of taping system and recommended press reporters contact the Secret Service on any security-related concerns.
Asked whether she would learn, Sanders joked that she would “look under the sofas.”
The Associated Press added to this report.