The Secret Service - which has handled audio recordings for other presidents - denied Monday that it had any tapes or transcripts of audio from the White House under President Donald Trump.
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.
The paper learned this in a response to a FOIA request that does not leave out the chance that "recordings could have been created by another entity" without the Secret Service's knowledge. That's no small charge: when a sitting president effectively says the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation committed perjury, it requires some follow-up.
It's the latest fall out from Comey's testimony last week which was followed by the President saying that in a "fairly short period of time" we'll find out if there are in fact tapes.
'I've seen the tweet about the tapes, ' Comey said.
Trump could also, meanwhile, turn over White House recordings of the president's conversations - if they exist.
Soon after, Chuck Schumer issued a public challenge: "President Trump: if you disagree with anything the Director said today, play the tapes for all of America to hear".
In a shocking revelation made by U.S. Secret Service, officials have stated that they have no White House tapes.
Trump's comments have caused his aides to be unable to provide a definitive answer.
At the beginning of Monday's press briefing, Spicer merely repeated his boss.
The president said that the press would be "disappointed" by his announcement, raising doubts about the existence of tapes.
Trump had told O'Brien that he had a secret recording system in Trump Tower and had taped journalists.