US President Donald Trump has warned dismissed FBI Chief James Comey against leaking material to the media, amid probes of potential contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials prior to the 2016 presidential election.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning.
The extraordinary comment would suggest that Trump has been secretly recording White House meetings, 44 years after the Richard Nixon administration removed an Oval Office taping system in the midst of the Watergate scandal.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, seized on the tweet and demanded that the administration provide Congress with any recordings of conversations with Comey.
Under federal law, recordings made by presidents belong to the people and destroying them would be a crime.
The tweet came after The New York Times reported…