Secret Service says there are no Comey 'tapes'

Thomson  Reuters

Thomson Reuters

The White House says President Donald Trump still looks forward to scheduling a trip to the United Kingdom.

The mystery surrounding the alleged tapes was thrown back into the public eye during last week's Congressional testimony with Comey, as the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief told lawmakers in response to their questioning that he had hoped there are tapes of their White House conversation.

"In response to your request, the Secret Service has conducted a reasonable search for responsive records", the agency wrote.

"Oh, you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry", said Trump.

The Secret Service handled recording systems within the White House for past presidents, including presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy.

Spicer refused to engage reporters who asked why the president won't give a clear-cut answer on the potential recordings.

The agency's response comes as Trump has been coy about whether any tapes exist of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.

Comey suggested in his high-profile Senate testimony last week that any recordings would back up his account over the president's, adding, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".

"James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" "When he's ready to further discuss it, he will, but he laid out his position very clearly, very concisely on Friday".