President Donald Trump admitted on Twitter that he has neither made, nor has any “tapes” of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.
…whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
That admission brought some incredulous replies (one example I can actually print).
ARE YOU KIDDING? YOU LITERALLY THREATENED COMEY WITH "TAPES" AND NOW YOU SAY YOU DON'T HAVE THEM?
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) June 22, 2017
If you remember, it was Trump who brought up the entire issue of tapes to begin with.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Comey, in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, said “Lordy, I hope there are tape” when asked about the possibility.
Twitter statements aren’t authoritative, or under oath (or Trump would have perjured himself a thousand times already). But this admission will be hard for the president to walk back, if he ever finds himself in a situation where he is under oath.
I can only surmise that Trump is acting under his attorney Marc Kasowitz’s orders, or there’s some other reason that the timing of this admission is advantageous to Trump. Possibly to deflect reporter time from the health care bill?
With Trump, it’s all as clear as mud, so we may never know.