Amid questions of whether President Trump records private conversations, a former White House official who worked for the Obama administration reportedly said "we obviously didn't record private meetings."
"The Obama White House didn't secretly record private meetings," the unnamed official said, according to CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Saturday.
A New York Times report on Thursday said Trump asked FBI Director James Comey, who he fired on Tuesday, to declare his loyalty to him. Afterwards, Trump suggested that he might be recording his private encounters. "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump tweeted Friday morning.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not confirm or deny the existence of secret recordings of conversations between Trump and Comey during the White House press briefing on Friday.
"The president has nothing further to add on that," Spicer said when asked about Trump's tweet. He then refused to comment when asked why Trump sent the tweet or if the White House has recording devices in the residence or the West Wing.
According to a Washington Examiner report on Friday, these Trump tapes, if they exist, would be subject to government record-keeping laws.