WASHINGTON, D.C.: US President Donald Trump admitted on Thursday (Friday in Manila) he does not have recordings of his private meetings with fired FBI director James Comey, after fueling speculation for weeks of secret Oval Office tapes. But Trump’s belated admissions did little to quell allegations that he has sought to stifle investigations into possible collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian interference in last year’s election. “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,” Trump said on Twitter. The admission threw a new twist into allegations, fed by Comey’s own claims, that Trump wanted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to pull back on its probe into the Russia scandal. Those accusations are believed to now be part of an independent Justice Department probe into possible illegal obstruction of the investigation by the president.