Former FBI Director James Comey said on Thursday that he hopes there are tapes of his conversations with President Donald Trump.
This came during Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8th. Under oath, Comey went into detail about his meetings with President Trump, which Comey said left him stunned.
Referencing the fact that President Trump has suggested there might be tapes of their conversations, James Comey said that he hopes there are.
“I’ve seen the tweets about tapes,” Comey said. “Lordy, I hope there are tapes”
James Comey is referring to the fact that President Donald Trump tweeted in May that Comey better hope there aren’t tapes of their conversations. The implication was that this would prove that Comey is lying about the nature of his conversations with Donald Trump. Comey has said that Trump asked him to let the Michael Flynn investigation go, whereas Trump has said he never pressured Comey to end this investigation.
During a press briefing last month, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly declined to say that Donald Trump is secretly recording his conversations.
“The president has nothing further to add on that,” Spicer said when asked about Trump’s “tapes” tweet.
Comey also said today that the Donald Trump administration defamed him and that he still is confused about why he was fired.
“Although the law required no reason at all to fire an FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me, and more importantly the FBI, by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly lead, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader,” Comey said. “Those were lies, plain and simple.”
Although he was initially expected to tweet during the hearing today, President Donald Trump has not yet responded to James Comey’s Congressional testimony. He is scheduled to deliver a speech later today, though it is not specifically on this topic.