NBC News' Hallie Jackson grilled Spicer during Monday's press briefing over the existence of audio recordings President Donald Trump may be keeping of his conversations with other officials.
Trump, if you recall, tweeted this (now infamous) message last week after firing FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into whether Trump and his associates colluded with Russian operatives to win last year's presidential election.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
Spicer deflected Jackson's questions––as expected. Jackson was having none of it.
"Why won't you just explain whether or not there are recordings of the president's conversations?" she asked.
"The president has made it clear what his position is," the embattled press secretary responded. (Spicer did not elaborate as to what he meant by this; he did say that he spoke to Trump about the tweet, but that Trump had nothing else to say about the Twitter tantrum.)
Jackson pressed on: "That's not my question. It's why won't you explain it."
Spicer responded, "I understand that because that's what the president's position is."
But she persisted.
"So given that you refuse to confirm or deny any of this, how is any senior official supposed to feel comfortable having a private conversation with the president?" she asked.
"As I've said Hallie, the president has made it clear what his position is," Spicer said, by rote.
"Even with these Congressional lawmakers calling to see if they exist?"
"Hallie, I've asked the ... Hallie, I answered the question over and over again the same way," said the weary Spicer.
But Hallie Jackson is far from the only person in Washington demanding answers, even if Spicer refuses to give them.
A host of lawmakers have issued calls for Trump to turn over any tapes of conversations with Comey. The controversy could also fuel a boycott led by the Democrats of whoever Trump nominates as Comey's replacement.
"You can't be cute about tapes. If there are any tapes of this conversation, they need to be turned over," said Republican South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who has often voiced his grievances with the administration and his colleagues.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump must immediately provide Congress with any existing tapes he might have, adding that Democrats will refuse to vote on Comey's replacement until a special prosecutor is named in charge of the Russia probe.
"To have that special prosecutor, people would breathe a sigh of relief because then there would be a real independent person overlooking the FBI director," Schumer said on CNN's State of the Union.