A person familiar with matter told Bloomberg Politics' Jennifer Jacobs that President Trump does not have any tapes of fired FBI director Jim Comey.

Minutes later, Trump tweeted: "With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea...whether there are 'tapes' or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings."

The original Trump tweet that started the saga:

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