The Secret Service said it has no copies or transcripts of any White House tapes despite President Trump insinuating he may have recorded conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey, a report on Monday said.
The paper learned this in a response to a FOIA request that does not leave out the chance that "recordings could have been created by another entity" without the Secret Service's knowledge.
That tweet has prompted repeated demands from the congressional committees investigating any possible collusion between Trump's team and Russian Federation during the 2016 campaign, and the process by which he fired Comey, for him to hand over any tapes that exist.
The agency's response comes as Trump has been coy about whether any tapes exist of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.
"Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey said.
Specifically, the Wall Street Journal requested any information pertaining to all recording systems installed by the Secret Service or any other agency within the White House on or after November 8, 2017, as well as any recordings or transcripts of any recordings made after the inauguration within the White House.More news: Sergey Kovalev: Net worth (presumed), purse for Ward rematch
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn't have any updates on Monday about when that answer may be coming. Administration staffers still haven't answered the question. In a Friday event in the Rose Garden, Trump again refused to do so while promising to unveil whether or not he taped Comey "maybe sometime in the very near future".
"When the president is ready to make it", Spicer responded, in Washington's version of "after the break!"
NBC News' Hallie Jackson followed up later: "If the President does have evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director lied under oath, what is he waiting for?" she asked.
"I think the president made it clear what is intention was on Friday", he said.
The first reporter asked Spicer if the tapes exist and when they may be released.