Tapes of Comey Talks Denied

Wade Massey
June 26, 2017

President Trump tweeted a warning to James Comey: The fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director had better hope that no "tapes" existed that could contradict his account of what happened between the two men.

"He had been honest and told the President on three separate occasions that the President wasn't under investigation and what we know now is there was no collusion and the only person who actually leaked was, in fact, Director Comey", he said. Trump later acknowledged he took this step with the Russian Federation probe in mind.

US President Donald Trump has talked privately about the possibility of firing special counsel Robert Mueller, something the president would have to do by ordering his Justice Department to remove him.

By speaking of "tapes", the President cavalierly evoked the Watergate scandal and the worst political crisis in the history of the presidency in order to hint that he, like Nixon, was capable of secretly recording his visitors.

At an off-camera briefing for White House reporters, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders attempted to put the issue to bed.

Trump has insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian government officials who sought to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 election, and he has scoffed at the suggestion he's interfered in an investigation he regularly dismisses as a "witch hunt".

After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last month, he tweeted that the fired director "better hope there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!".

Rumors also swirled around Washington that Trump was considering firing Mueller.

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The piece cited a memo that Comey filed just after a February 14 meeting he had with Trump at the White House. At the hearing, Comey told the committee "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", giving the President the go-ahead to release the tapes.

But among Trump loyalists in the White House and in Congress, there was a spirited effort to validate the claim.

"You've got to ask the question: Why is somebody threatening tapes other than to try to intimidate somebody? He did admit that what I said was right". Spicer echoed Trump's comments, saying the reference to "tapes" in Trump's tweet simply reflected Trump's desire for "the truth to come out".

But the tweet alone set off a series of events resulting in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's announcing his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation, and the House Intelligence Committee's issuing a bipartisan request demanding the White House hand over any recordings that could be pertinent to its own investigation.

President Donald Trump often rambles.

Trump's tweets, old and new, left many perplexed about whether there was motive or strategy behind the whole affair.

Comey testified in front of the Senate earlier this month that he had written memos detailing his private interactions with Trump because he "was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting". Those days came and went without an answer.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 45 percent of respondents said they were more likely to believe Comey's version of events from his June 8 testimony to the US Senate, as opposed to 22 percent who are more likely to believe the commander-in-chief.

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