Over the last several weeks there has been one question dogging the Trump administration, and that was related to a Tweet President Trump made on May 12th, stating that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
While most political pundits believed that Trump’s statement was more of a method of intimidation prior to Comey’s testimony in from of the Senate Intelligence Committee, there was always the possibility that the President actually did secretly record his conversations with the FBI director, prior to firing him.
Today, after six grueling weeks for those within the administration, the President has finally ended all the speculation with two simple tweets at approximately 1 pm EST this afternoon. The tweets stated the following:
“With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.”
While the President will likely try and shift attention to the ‘leaks’ once more, and claim that he never said that he personally had recorded any conversation with James Comey, it is quite clear what his original tweet was trying to achieve, especially after we have learned exactly what those conversations between Comey and Trump encompassed. It doesn’t take a genius to realize that Trump basically used Twitter as a means of intimidation prior to Comey taking the stand earlier this month.
While the President always seems to come up with a way to weasel himself out of the flagrant actions he has taken part in, the American people are continuing to learn that nothing he says, Tweets, or writes can be taken seriously, especially after this fiasco.