Lawyer Says Donald Trump Will Address Mystery Of The Tapes By Friday

This week could bring an end to the ongoing mystery of whether tapes of President Trump’s White House conversations with former FBI Director James B. Comey actually exist — or it could lead to the White House being hit with a congressional subpoena.

Trump for weeks has teased the issue in a reality show-style cliffhanger despite requests from multiple congressional committees for copies of any such recordings or transcripts. But he may end the suspense this week, according to his attorney.

It all stems from the president’s May 12 tweet: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

During Comey’s June 8 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he testified that Trump pressed him to drop the FBI investigation into former White House aide Michael Flynn, Comey said, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”

Friday is the deadline set by the House Intelligence Committee for the White House to produce “any White House recordings or memoranda of Comey’s conversations with President Trump (that) now exist or have in the past.”

If Trump’s answer is a signal that no such recordings exist, despite the intrigue created around the prospect of recorded conversations, Trump is unlikely to face legal or political consequences for dragging out the matter, GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said.

Legally, “the only thing that matters is, will he be charged with obstruction? Nothing else matters” O’Connell said.

“Politically, the people who don’t like him still won’t like him, and the people who support him will still support him.”

Read more from Kimberly Atkins at the Boston Herald

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