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It remains possible that someone other than the Secret Service could have made a recording.

Trump has been coy about whether any recordings exist of his private conversations with Comey, who was dismissed by the president in May.

James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

The president said he would reveal if he taped conversations "over a very short period of time".

The National Archives and Records Administration, which governs materials subject to the Presidential Records Act (as such recordings would likely be), told the Wall Street Journal that contemporary presidential records are not subject to FOIA requests while the incumbent is in office.

More recently, however, Trump seems to have had a habit of making a different play - of bluffing that he has tapes that will supposedly prove him right in some dispute or another, in an effort to get his opponent to back down.

The White House press secretary declined again Monday to answer.

Trump took to his Twitter account Thursday morning to denounce the report.

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Trump said to reporters on Friday: "I'm not hinting anything".

He also said he hoped that Trump had taped their conversation and would, in turn, release them publicly.

That tweet could hurt the president's claims of executive privilege in turning over the tapes, if they exist.

The news came the same week as Trump friend Chris Ruddy floated the possibility that Trump would fire Mueller, who was appointed to head up the investigation after Trump fired Comey.

More than four decades ago, the Senate voted to create a special investigative committee to look into the Watergate break-in, and Archibald Cox, the Watergate special prosecutor, subpoenaed the White House tapes from Nixon.

"If there are tapes, it is probably not very hard for the Justice Department to get them", said Rotunda.

Whether or not Trump made the tapes is a huge deal for his presidency.

That tweet led the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to leak portions of the memos he had kept to document his conversations with Trump - in the hopes of prompting the appointment of a special counsel. 'Oh, you're going to be disappointed when you hear the answer, don't worry'.

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