President Trump issued a warning to former FBI Director James Comey, telling him he better be careful about leaking information to the press.
“James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump wrote on his favorite social media platform.
The message certainly raises the stakes in an ongoing feud between the President and the man he just fired for incompetence in the handling of his job.
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
President Donald Trump issued a thinly veiled threat Friday to fired FBI Director James Comey.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press,” the President tweeted.
The tweet marks an extraordinary development in the ongoing feud between Trump and the agencies investigating alleged ties between his campaign and Russia.
In an amusing turn of events, members of the media started fretting over the legality of one person taping a conversation with another.
ok, would it be legal for Trump to have recorded Comey without Comey’s knowledge or consent?
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) May 12, 2017
So essentially –
Trump: Obama wiretapped me.
Trump: I may have taped Comey.
Media: Can he do that?!
The President has been agitated over reports popping up in the media that offer conflicting views on why he terminated the FBI Director. Many of those reports have ultimately been false and irresponsible reporting on the part of the mainstream media.
One such report indicated that Director Comey had asked for more resources in the Russian election probe just days before he was let go.
“Totally false,” said Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesperson. Comey “never made the request for more resources and money for the Russia investigations.”
Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe concurred in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
“It’s been widely reported–and you’ve mentioned this–that Director Comey asked [Deputy Attorney General] Rosenstein for additional resources and, um, I understand that you’re saying that you don’t believe that you don’t need any additional resources?” asked California Congresswoman Kamala Harris.
“For the Russia investigation ma’am, I think we are adequately resourced,” McCabe responded.
President Trump has consistently claimed that he and Comey had multiple conversations in which the FBI director assured him he was not under investigation for alleged collusion between his campaign and the Russians.
If Trump does indeed have tapes of Comey making such statements, it would be a game changer. But it’s a big ‘if.’
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