Sean Spicer doesn't deny Trump taping Oval Office conversations



The White House did not deny on Friday that President Donald Trump taped meetings with his former FBI director or that the president may be recording conversations in the Oval Office.

"The president has nothing further to add on that," Press Secretary Sean Spicer said when asked multiple times by reporters during the daily press briefing if the president recorded conversations with Comey.

Spicer also pushed back on characterizations about the nature of the tweet saying it was "not a threat."

"He's simply stated a fact," Spicer said. "The tweet speaks for itself. I'm moving on."

Reporters also peppered Spicer with questions about whether the Oval Office itself had recording devices installed and Spicer responded that he had nothing further to say.

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Trump firing Comey shows how frightened the Admin is over Russia investigation
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We are in a full-fledged constitutional crisis.
Comey's fired, which means Trump must be one of the few people in DC that the FBI doesn't have something on.
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Firing Comey has the foul stench of an attempt to stop an ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
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Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings and John Conyers of the Judiciary and Government Oversight committees sent a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn on Friday requesting copies of all White House recordings related to the Comey matter after the tweet alleging "tapes."

The letter also requested "all documents, memoranda, analyses, emails, and other communications relating to the President decision to dismiss Director Comey."

Nick Ackerman, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and an assistant Watergate prosecutor, told MSNBC the situation reminds him of Watergate and makes him wonder if Trump purposely recorded Comey or if he is trying to intimidate him by implying he has a tape.

"President Trump doesn't understand Watergate, he hasn't learned anything from it," he said.

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