President Donald Trump did not record his conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey, he said in a pair of tweets on Thursday, bringing an end to weeks of speculation spurred by the president himself.
"With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea...whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings," Trump tweeted.
He repeated the same quotation marks around the word "tapes" he used in a May 12 tweet threatening the former FBI director that he "better hope" there are no recordings of their conversations.
The House Intelligence Committee earlier this month asked the White House to produce any tapes of Trump's conversations with Comey, setting a deadline of Friday, June 23. Committee ranking member Adam Schiff (D-CA) tweeted a reminder of the timeline earlier in the day on Thursday.
The president ended a June 9 news conference telling reporters he would tell reporters about the tapes "over a very short period of time." He added, "You're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer."
Comey on June 8 testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he kept contemporaneous memos of his interactions with Trump because he was concerned the president would lie about their meetings. On the president's Twitter threat about the tapes, Comey said, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes."
He said Trump's tapes tweet inspired him to ask a friend to share one of his memos with a reporter in hopes it would prompt the appointment of a special counsel to the Russian meddling investigation. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has since been tapped for the job.
Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who was fired by Trump earlier this year and has become a fierce critic of the president reacted to the big tapes reveal on Twitter.