Spicer Won't Say If Sessions May Claim Privilege

This line of questioning, of course, is entirely owing to Trump having tweeted, after sacking Comey, that Comey better hope there are no tapes before he starts talking to the press about his ouster.

Sessions is likely to face questions by the Senate Intelligence Committee over his dealings with Russian officials during the campaign and whether he had a role in firing former FBI Director James Comey, who testified last week before the same panel.

The Secret Service said it does not have "audio copies or transcripts" of any recordings taken within the Trump White House, according to the Journal, which filed a freedom of information request.




On Monday, when pressed about the possibility of tapes, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump would "get back [to reporters] as soon as possible" with an announcement. The request from the Journal sought recordings or transcripts of any recordings made after January 20 at the White House. The Secret Service said it found "no records" pertaining to the request.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said last week she wasn't aware of whether the White House had any kind of taping system and suggested reporters check with the Secret Service on any security-related questions.

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.

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