U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had not halted the FBI’s probe into alleged Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and had not put his conversations with former FBI chief James Comey on tape.
Comey was carrying out the investigation into alleged ties between Trump’s administration and Russia that led to the triumph of Trump in the 2016 presidential elections.
Speculations were provoked when Trump sacked Comey, leading to controversies.
“Look there has been no obstruction, there has been no collusion,” Trump told Fox News Channel.
The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation testified before a Senate committee that Trump had asked him to halt a probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s alleged collision with Russia.
Earlier on Thursday, Trump said he did not record any of his meetings with Comey after claiming that he got hold of records that would sabotage Comey’s findings and claims.
“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 wrote on Twitter.
Lawmakers investigating alleged Russian interventions in the U.S. election had called for such recordings from the White House.
Trump announced that there are records that would potentially sweep Comey’s claims away.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted on May 12.
Top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff raises speculations over Trump’s false allegations and information over the tapes.
“If the president had no tapes, why did he suggest otherwise? Did he seek to mislead the public? Was he trying to intimidate or silence James Comey? And if so, did he take other steps to discourage potential witnesses from speaking out?” Schiff said in a statement.