Comey Hopes There are Trump Tapes
Trump is clueless. Nixon may have taped all his conversations without the knowledge of those he spoke with but he wasn’t so stupid as thinking this was a political talking point you tell the public.
The more Trump tries to defend what he did in firing Comey the worse he makes it. First, he thought he helped his own cause by claiming that Comey begged him to have dinner with him and that Comey promised Trump he is not under investigation.
Now he tries to make up for this mess-and Comey’s allies smacking down this piece of creative fiction-by threatening Comey that there are Trump tapes. To paraphrase Trump himself wrong answer!
Comey for his part hopes there are Trump tapes. It’s ironic as just yesterday a RollCall piece argued there were Trump tapes-though these by the NSA, etc. Trump is suggesting that he himself has been taping everyone without their knowledge.
Geez, what could go wrong? Shouldn’t Trump’s Nixonian pal Roger Stone warned him about that?
A source close to Comey told me this morning: “He hopes there are tapes. That would be perfect.”
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) May 12, 2017
Comey's revenge is only beginning. https://t.co/WmXtb6sB4D
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) May 12, 2017
Clearly, Trump’s declaring war on the FBI was just the way to get out of this mess.
One thing I learned at DOJ about Comey: he leaves a protective paper trail whenever he deems something inappropriate happened. Stay tuned. https://t.co/sENlYyhL5B
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) May 12, 2017
So are there Trump tapes? Here’s the thing. If there wasn’t Trump made a huge error in lying about it as no one will believe his denials anyway.
But, in any case, there is good reason to believe there are Trump tapes:
Why it’s likely that Trump does have recordings of his Oval Office conversations https://t.co/k1LBaEpqIw
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) May 12, 2017
Why it’s likely that Trump does have recordings of his Oval Office conversations.”
Again, if it’s true or false, revealing it is unbelievably foolish.
“For a guy who has spent the past week being compared to Richard Nixon for firing a man who was investigating his campaign, it was an odd threat to level. Nixon, of course, was undone in part by the things that he recorded himself saying in the Oval Office. Which raises an interesting question: Do presidents still record those conversations? Does Trump?”
This is going to be the 64 million dollar question going forward. If you wanted to tamp down on Nixon comparisons this is the absolute worst thing you could have said.
“At Friday’s daily press briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer said that the president “had nothing further to add” beyond the tweet — hardly a denial. But there are other reasons to believe that the answer to those questions is “yes.”
Not for nothing but if the answer really is no, why not say no? Of course, why say yes in the first place if it’s no?
“Which brings us to Nixon. The Nixon Library details the setup he relied on: seven microphones in the Oval Office, two in the Cabinet room, four in his office in the Executive Office Building and a recording system at Camp David. Few White House employees knew that the system was in place until, of course, the existence of the taped conversations rose to national attention in July 1973 when a staffer revealed their existence to the Senate committee investigating the Watergate break-in.”
“Historian Michael Beschloss notes that this was supposed to be the end of surreptitious recording.”
“But there’s good reason to think that it wasn’t.”
“Journalist Yashar Ali reported Friday morning that, according to a source within the Secret Service, the ability to record conversations in the Oval Office still exists.”
“Trump’s history of alleged surveillance.”
It’s important to note that, if it does, there’s good reason to think that Trump would embrace its use.
“BuzzFeed has reported several times on alleged use of recording devices by Trump at his homes and properties. In October last year, reporter Aram Roston wrote that two Trump golf clubs had pervasive monitoring systems that were tracked constantly, citing sources who worked at the facilities. Previously, Roston had reported that Trump had the ability to listen to any conversation taking place on the phone lines at Mar-a-Lago, again according to employees at the resort.”
“The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman tweeted Friday that her reporting indicated that Trump Tower employees were concerned that their offices were bugged.”
“Trump staffers have made threats to expose recordings similar to Trump’s. Social media director Dan Scavino tweeted this week that he had Huma Abedin’s election night concession call recorded and that he would soon share it.”
“More to the point, communications staffer Omarosa Manigault upended a dispute with reporter April Ryan in February by claiming to have a recording of an altercation between the two “steps from the Oval Office.”