It’s been a while since President Trump has done an interview with any one of the major media outlets here in the United States. With that said, this morning, in the midst of what may be the most serious investigation into a sitting U.S. President in the history of our nation, President Trump decided to take a safe bet and appear on “Fox & Friends”. The show is known for their almost non-existent criticism of the President, so what could possibly go wrong, right?
While the interview started out innocently enough, with Fox and Friends’ Ainsley Earhardt asking Melania about her move into the White House, the interview quickly shifted to a darker topic; the alleged Comey tapes. This is the point in which Trump’s personal attorneys must have been ready to jump out and tackle the 71-year-old leader of the Free World.
When asked if his May 12th Comey ‘tapes’ tweet may have influenced Comey’s Senate Intelligence Committee testimony, the President’s response was incredibly alarming.
“When he found out that I, you know, that there may be tapes out there, whether it’s governmental tapes or anything else and who knows, I think his story may have changed,” President Trump explained.
On the surface, these comments seem innocent enough. However, there is a rather serious law called “18 U.S. Code § 1512 – Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant”. Being that James Comey is undoubtedly a witness in the current investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia, it appears as if the President just admitted on national television that he broke the law.
This is the excerpt from 18 U.S. Code § 1512, which clearly defines pretty much the exact actions that the President took with his tweet about the ‘tapes’ on May 12:
“Whoever knowingly uses intimidation, threatens, or corruptly persuades another person, or attempts to do so, or engages in misleading conduct toward another person, with intent to—
(1) influence, delay, or prevent the testimony of any person in an official proceeding.”
Regardless of whether the President was discussing tapes which he had recorded, or tapes which others may have recorded, clearly the intention of the tweet was for the purpose of intimidation and manipulation. After listening to the remarks made by Trump this morning, the intent of the tweet was clearly to impact Comey’s testimony. There is no reason that the President had to wait 40 days before clarifying what his tweet really meant, unless he saw it as a means of intimidation. If you don’t believe me, just watch the Fox and Friends interview below: