For his part, Trump has repeatedly fueled speculation of White House recordings, first alluding to their possible existence in a tweet shortly following his decision to fire Comey.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump wrote.
During his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, Comey implored the president to “release all the tapes” he may have.
“Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey said.
Trump suggested on Friday, following Comey’s hearing, that the press will find out in a “very short period of time” whether any tapes exist. In the meantime, his aides have struggled mightily with questions on the topic.
Watch Sean Spicer at Monday’s press briefing:
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