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Press secretary Sean Spicer faced a flurry of questions about the ouster of James Comey during his daily briefing Monday.
The spokesman refused to confirm or deny if President Donald Trump recorded his conversations with Comey. The president fired the former FBI director last week.
Comey's ouster — and how the administration explained its timing — raised questions, as the FBI is probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any possible ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Trump's tweet about possible Comey "tapes" only intensified concerns that he could try to affect an investigation. Top Democrats have called for an independent inquiry.