Dem rep: President’s tweets ‘uncertain and confusing’

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) characterized President Trump’s tweets on his past conversations with ousted FBI Director James Comey and the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race as “uncertain and confusing” on Monday.

Himes was responding to a question from CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day” regarding whether he believes there are audio tapes from Trump’s meetings with Comey.

“I have no idea. All I have to go on is the president’s tweets,” Himes said.

“What’s the right way to characterize the president’s tweets, right? Uncertain and confusing,” he continued.

In May, Trump tweeted that Comey "better hope that there are no 'tapes'" of the conversations between the two "before he starts leaking to the press."

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After Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee this month, House and Senate investigators sent a series of requests to Trump’s White House counsel for any tapes or records the White House might have of Trump’s meetings with the former FBI director.

“They have not been turned over, but the House Intelligence Committee has asked that those tapes, if they exist, be produced," Himes said.

Comey could not confirm the existence of tapes during his testimony but said, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes."

Trump has not confirmed whether tapes exist, but when asked about them during a press conference this month he said, "I will tell you about it over a very short period of time."

The deadline for the White House and Comey to turn over the audio tapes, if they exist, and any other records of past conversations is June 23.