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Evan Vucci / AP

Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Thursday that she has "no idea" if President Trump records his Oval Office meetings. Meanwhile, former FBI Director James Comey said in a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he hopes the president has tapes, and asked him to release them. Other takeaways:

  • Press briefing post-Comey: President Trump's outside counsel Marc Kasowitz will brief reporters after Comey's hearing.
  • Has Trump watched the hearing? "I don't know if he's seen much of it," said Sanders, noting he spent the morning meeting with Mattis, Tillerson, and McMaster.
  • Is Comey's testimony true? "I can definitively say the president is not a liar, and I think it's frankly insulting that that's asked."
  • Does Trump have confidence in Sessions? "Absolutely, the president has confidence in all of his cabinet." Note: The White House failed to answer this question for two straight days.

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