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"With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information," Trump said he had "no idea" whether there are "tapes" or recordings of the two menĪs conversations.
His tweet contradicts a previous comment in which the US leader appeared to threaten Comey, saying he had "better hope there are no ĪtapesĪ of our conversations."
That comment was widely reported to be a reference to a conversation Trump allegedly had with Comey, demanding that the FBI drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Flynn resigned in February after just 24 days in office amid allegations of possible collusion between Trump officials and Russia before last NovemberĪs US election.
Trump fired Comey on May 9, citing another FBI investigation into Hillary ClintonĪs use of a private email server. But the billionaire immediately faced accusations of political interference into the ongoing Russia probe.
Trump under investigation Trump has since faced demands from lawmakers to release any recordings that are relevant to the deepening investigation, as the Justice Department holds a separate investigation into possible obstruction of justice by the president in the Russia probe.
Comey has since leaked his own private documents detailing several discussions with Trump, whom he accused of improperly pressuring him over the Russia scandal. Allegations of collusion with Russia have cast a shadow over TrumpĪs first five months in office, distracting from attempts by his fellow Republicans in Congress to reform the US health care and tax systems.
New revelations reported
Earlier Thursday, broadcaster CNN reported that two top US intelligence officials have told investigators Trump suggested they publicly deny any collaboration between his campaign and Russian officials.
Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence and Admiral Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, were cited as saying they found TrumpĪs suggestion odd and uncomfortable, but stressed they did not act on his requests. Moscow has denied US allegations that it tried to tilt the election campaign in TrumpĪs favor by various means, including the hacking of emails of senior Democrats.
Trump has also repeatedly refuted the allegations, describing them as a "witch hunt."
Also Thursday, Trump again blasted Democrats over the Russia scandal, asking why his predecessor, Barack Obama, did not do more to stop it. mm/cmk (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)