Secret Service says it doesn't have any Trump tapes

Chuck Myers  MCT  Newscom

Chuck Myers MCT Newscom

"Does President Trump have audio recordings of his conversations and meetings with the former FBI Director James Comey?" a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer at Monday's briefing, after Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta's briefing show-and-tell on Trump's apprenticeship program.

After Trump again intimated last week that he could have recorded his controversial discussions with fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, it remained unclear if that claim was true.

Mr. Spicer said the president wasn't delaying addressing the issue.

Trump has been coy about whether any recordings exist of his private conversations with Comey, who was sacked by the president in May.

The Secret Service response did not specify whether anyone else inside the White House has set up recording systems, and Trump has maintained secrecy about the possibility of having his own recordings.

The information was provided to the Journal in response to a Freedom of Information Act request for recordings or transcripts of recordings made in the White House after January 20, the day Trump took office.

The Journal report doesn't necessarily mean there are no tapes of recorded White House conversations - just that the Secret Service doesn't have them.

Of course, in Trump terms, "shortly" could refer to weeks, months, or never.

In May, Trump tweeted Comey "better hope there are no tapes" of their conversations.

On Friday, after explosive testimony from Comey in Congress repeated the claims that Trump pressured him over Flynn, Trump responded angrily, calling Comey a liar. He told reporters last week he would discuss the possibility "in the very near future".

"I think the president made it clear on Friday that he would get back as soon as possible on this", Spicer said.

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