Spicer doesn’t deny Trump taping Oval Office conversations

Spicer doesn’t deny Trump taping Oval Office conversations

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WASHINGTON – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that President Donald Trump’s morning tweet about possible tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey “speaks for itself.”

Spicer did not confirm or deny that Trump had taped meetings with Comey or that the president may be recording conversations in the Oval Office.

“I’ve talked to the president and the president has nothing further to add on that,” Spicer said. Pressed about what Trump intended to say with the tweet, Spicer said: “As I mentioned, the president has nothing further to add on that.”

Asked if there are recording devices in the Oval Office or rest of the White House, Spicer said: “As I’ve said for the third time, there is nothing further to add on that.”

Spicer insisted that Trump’s tweet was “not a threat.”

“He’s simply stated a fact,” Spicer said. “The tweet speaks for itself. I’m moving on.”

In response to Trump’s morning tweet, the top Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member, John Conyers (Mich.), and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Ranking Member, Elijah Cummings (Md.), sent a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn requesting copies of the alleged tapes.

The lawmakers wrote that Trump had threatened Comey with the tweet, potentially breaking the law.

They argue that under normal circumstances they would dismiss Trump’s claim to be in possession of tapes, but because of “the many false statements made by White House officials this week, we are compelled to ask whether any such recordings do in fact exist.”

They also request “all documents, memoranda, analyses, emails, and other communications relating to the President’s decision to dismiss Director Comey.”

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