Lawmakers are urging President Trump to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey. Those explosive allegations have raised questions about whether Trump tried to influence the FBI's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
The Secret Service, which protects the president and his family, maintained a secret taping system for the White House in the eras of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.
The Secret Service "handled recording systems within the White House for past presidents", according to the Journal. If Trump does have recordings, then many lawmakers say they want them provided to Congress or possibly face a subpoena.
In those conversations, Comey said, Trump asked him for a loyalty pledge and requested that he end a probe into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.
'I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future, ' the president said.
That left open the possibility that other White House staff, or Trump himself, could have been involved in recording their talks, if anyone. An OANN reporter asked when the president will release the tapes, and Spicer referred to Trump's Friday presser stating that "the president made clear in the Rose Garden last week he'll have an announcement shortly".
Press Secretary Sean Spicer said he was "not aware" of recordings, while his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave a cheekier response. "When he's ready to further discuss it, he will, but he laid out his position very clearly, very concisely on Friday".