Democrat Senator warns of poor 'outcome' for past secret Oval Office tapes

Democrat Senator warns of poor 'outcome' for past secret Oval Office tapes
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Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal Giuliani: Trump asked White House lawyer to go to Russia briefings Top Intel Dems denounce presence of Trump lawyer at classified briefings MORE (D-Va.) said Sunday that past presidents who secretly taped their meetings usually do not have a “good outcome,” likely a reference to former President Nixon, whose Oval Office tapes led to his resignation.

Warner pointed to President Trump’s recent tweet that suggested he taped his conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey.

“I am by no means a legal expert, but this sure seems to have reverberations of past history when we’ve seen presidents who secretly tape, it usually does not end up being a good outcome for a president,” Warner told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.”


Warner denounced the White House’s refusal to confirm whether the tapes exist.

“The whole notion that the president can throw out these kinds of claims and then not either confirm of deny them is outrageous in my mind,” he added. 

Warner, the ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said if the tapes do exist, Congress needs to review them.

“And if there is the existence of tapes, I want to make sure that one, they are preserved and not mysteriously destroyed in the coming days. And then two, one way or the other, Congress will have to get a look at those tapes,” he added.

Trump caused a stir on Friday when he warned Comey about leaking conversations. His tweet suggested that he recorded conversations with the director and could release them, just days after firing Comey from his top FBI post.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said there was “nothing further to add” when asked about the tweet Friday during the White House press briefing.