James Comey: No ‘accident’ Trump tweeted about tapes

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Washington Examiner

Former FBI Director James Comey is still curious about whether President Trump taped their private conversations in the Oval Office.

During a lengthy interview with a Los Angeles radio station, Comey was asked what he would say to Trump if they ever had another private conversation.

“I would ask, ‘Did you tape me? Are there tapes?’ Because that tweet, that I better hope there aren’t tapes, which he tweeted at me shortly after I was fired, didn’t strike me as an accident,” Comey said on KNX 1070 AM on Friday. “So I’m interested to know whether that is real.”

Comey was fired from the FBI nearly two years ago, on May 9, 2017. Three days later, the president tweeted: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

Comey documented his meetings with the president in memos that were leaked to the press, including one alleging that Trump asked him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In congressional testimony in June of 2016, Comey said he leaked the memos to prompt the appointment of a special counsel. Robert Mueller was appointed to lead the federal Russia investigation after the New York Times reported the existence of the memo about the Flynn request.

During that same hearing Comey reacted to Trump’s tweet, saying, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”