White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment Friday on whether President Donald Trump recorded his conversations with former FBI director James Comey earlier this year or whether there are recording devices in the Oval Office or White House residence.
Trump, who abruptly fired Comey on Tuesday, seemed to allude to such a recording on Twitter earlier on Friday, when he warned the former FBI director not to start “leaking” to the press in what was widely interpreted as a threat.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” the president wrote.
Spicer declined to elaborate on the tweet when asked whether the president had recorded his conversations with Comey and whether the president uses recording devices in his office and residence.
“I’ve talked to the president,” Spicer told reporters at the daily briefing. “The president has nothing further to add on that.”
News reports late this week stated that Trump had asked Comey to pledge his loyalty to the president at a dinner shortly after the inauguration in January, but Comey declined to give it. The White House has contested those reports.