During his testimony before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI Director James Comey challenged President Donald Trump to release any recordings he has of their conversations.
Comey said that he hopes Trump recorded their conversations, as the president suggested in a tweet not long after dismissing the FBI director.
“Release all the tapes. I’m good with it.”
Responding to Democratic Senator Joe Manchin’s question to whether he believes “there were any tapes or recordings of your conversations with the President,” Comey said:
“I hope there are,” Comey said, adding that he would consent to the release of any recordings.
“It never occurred to me until the President’s tweet,” Comey said. “I’m not being facetious. I hope there are. And I’ll consent to the release.”
“So both of you are in the same findings here,” Manchin said. “You both hope there’s tapes and recordings.”
“Well, I’m the — all I can do is hope,” Comey replied. “The President surely knows whether he taped me. And if he did, my feelings aren’t hurt. Release all the tapes. I’m good with it.”
Comey added that if Trump taped him, “my feelings aren’t hurt.”