CNN Source: Comey ‘Not Worried About Any Tapes’

Former FBI Director James Comey walks at his home in McLean, Va., Wednesday, May 10, 2017. President Donald Trump fired Comey on Tuesday, ousting the nation's top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation into whether Trump's campaign had ties to Russia's election meddling. (AP Photo/Sait Serkan Gurbuz)
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Ousted FBI Director James Comey is “not worried about any tapes” of conversations between him and President Donald Trump, an unnamed source “familiar with the matter” told CNN on Friday.

The source added that “if there is a tape, there’s nothing he is worried about” that could be on it.

Trump abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday. On Friday, he tweeted a warning to the ousted director:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused to clarify the tweet in a press briefing Friday, except to say that it wasn’t a threat.

NBC’s Ken Dilanian also reported that an unnamed source “close to Comey” had told him Friday morning: “He hopes there are tapes. That would be perfect.”

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