White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday upheld the mystery around possible tapes from President Donald Trump’s conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.
“The president made clear in the Rose Garden last week that he would have an announcement shortly,” Spicer said during the daily briefing. “When the president is ready to make it.”
One month ago, Trump stoked speculation about possible recordings when he tweeted, "James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump in the Rose Garden last Friday said he would tell people about the alleged recordings “over a short period of time," but he wouldn’t reveal whether they exist.
“I’m not hinting at anything,” Trump said when pressed. “You’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer, don’t worry.”
The U.S. Secret Service told the Wall Street Journal on Monday that it does not have audio copies or transcripts of Trump’s White House conversations, but it’s possible that another entity could have been responsible for any such recordings.