President Trump's claims contradicting former FBI Director James Comey's testimony about their conversations faced fresh scrutiny Sunday, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle putting pressure on the commander in chief to offer proof of his charges.
One big strike against President Trump's insinuation that recordings of White House conversations might exist: The Secret Service isn't aware of any. That investigation continues, as do congressional inquiries. They proved to contain damning revelation after damning revelation, and eventually resulted in Nixon's political demise. The question about the existence of taped conversations were brought up when the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director was sacked by the president in early May.
The White House has continued to deflect on whether or not there are tapes of Trump's conversations with Comey. According to journalist Timothy O'Brien, Trump repeatedly told him in the 2000s that he was recording their conversations. "I hope you can let this go". I asked to hear it.
By Comey's account, however, he reacted in the opposite manner.
Comey told the Senate intelligence committee: "There might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape".
In 1982, Trump originally told casino regulators in Atlantic City that his partners were reputable people. So Trump's threat appears to have backfired.
"Why leave open this question of whether there are tapes?"
Spicer dodged questions about the allegations at Monday's White House Briefing.
"The President made clear in the Rose Garden last week that he would have an announcement shortly", Spicer responded with a tease that would have made American Idol host Ryan Seacrest proud.