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White House spokeswoman has ‘no idea’ if there are tapes
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a briefing Monday. (Michael Reynolds,/European Pressphoto Agency)

The White House still won’t say whether President Trump has a recording device in the White House that would result in the existence of tapes of his conversations.

Principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders did not give a definitive answer when pressed repeatedly by reporters after James B. Comey’s briefing to lawmakers to say whether there were “tapes” of Trump’s conversations in the Oval Office or elsewhere in the White House.

“I have no idea,” Sanders said.

Trump first claimed the possible existence of recordings of his conversations with the then-FBI director after Comey was fired.

In a Senate hearing Thursday, Comey said he “hoped” such tapes of his conversations with Trump existed.

Asked on a second occasion during a White House briefing Thursday, Sanders reiterated that she was “not aware” of any such tapes.

“I’m not sure,” she added.

Asked to look into the question, Sanders quipped, “Sure, I’ll try to look under the couches.”

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Comey’s testimony was previewed on Wednesday in written remarks in which he describes President Trump’s demand of loyalty and the investigations.