Secret Service says it has no Trump 'tapes' of White House conversations

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The news comes after Trump last month implied there may be “tapes” of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

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A letter returned to the Wall Street Journal reads as follows: “In response to your request, the Secret Service has conducted a reasonable search for responsive records […] It appears, from a review of Secret Service’s main indices, that there are no records pertaining to your request that are referenced in these indices.”

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If they existed, those recordings — or merely their presence — would likely be subject to the Presidential Records Act, a 1981 law which requires the preservation of all presidential records unless the president and the Archivist of the United States deem them not to have “administrative, historical, informational, or evidentiary value.”

It’s possible that there are tapes that could not be accessed by filing a FOIA request, or that Trump’s tapes could be in the possession of another agency.

The Secret Service was asked because it has traditionally been the agency to maintain White House recording systems.

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