The Trump Tapes? Putin’s POTUS Has Long History of Taping Phone Calls
Remember everything Trump says is projection. Uh- Crooked Hillary?
Like when he slanders those protesting him as being paid, while this is false about those protesting him, he himself-or groups supporting him-absolutely did pay people to protest Hillary Clinton in 2016. Roger Stone in his book on 2016, is pretty darn proud about his hand in fomenting the rumor that Bill Clinton has ignored an illegitimate Black child-to keep down the Black vote.
In the book, Stone actually provides an appendix that claims to show he drove down AA support. Trump did thank them for not voting.
“In the book’s appendix, you cite traffic figures for the propagation of the meme around Danney Williams, who continues to claim that he is Bill Clinton’s secret love child.”
“Frankly, I think anybody who has seen the multiple videos will say that Danney and his mother and his aunt make a pretty compelling argument. Remember, this isn’t a court of law. This is the court of public opinion. Obviously, many African-American voters believe that Danney is Bill’s son. As I show in the book, in the places targeted [with the Williams meme by the Trump campaign], African-American voter participation was down overall, and Clinton’s share was off from her national averages.”
As Stone would put it ‘I’m not admitting it I’m proclaiming it.’
So when Trump accused Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower, he was probably projecting again. As it happens many at Trump Tower suspected Trump himself has tapped their own phones.
“Trump has a long history of secretly recording calls, according to former associates,”
“Throughout Donald Trump’s business career, some executives who came to work for him were taken aside by colleagues and warned to assume that their discussions with the boss were being recorded.”
“There was never any sense with Donald of the phone being used for private conversation,” said John O’Donnell, who was president of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in the 1980s.
“For O’Donnell and others who have had regular dealings with Trump through the years, there was something viscerally real about the threat implied by the president’s tweet Friday morning warning that fired FBI director James B. Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
“Talking on the phone with Donald was a public experience,” said O’Donnell, author of a book about his former boss, “Trumped: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump.” “You never knew who else was listening.”
A public experience. Of course, Comey hopes their conversation over dinner was taped as well as the two phone conversations.
I was a little confused to hear some pundits last night talk as if there is any question there are Trump tapes. I know we haven’t seen evidence yet and Trump should never be taken at his word. But as Ari Melber did in his subbing for Lawrence O’Donnell last night there is the legal concept called Admission of Interest which holds it’s more reasonable to believe a defendant who says something incriminating about himself-as his interest is clearly the opposite.
“Two House Democrats on Friday sent a letter to White House counsel Donald F. McGahn, seeking the release of any tapes or other communications between Trump and Comey. Trump’s tweet raised “the specter of possible intimidation and obstruction of justice,” wrote Reps. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.) and Elijah E. Cummings (Md.). “Under normal circumstances, we would not consider credible any claims that the White House may have taped conversations of meetings with the president. However, because of the many false statements made by White House officials this week, we are compelled to ask whether any such recordings do in fact exist.”
“A post-Watergate reform measure, the Presidential Records Act of 1978, requires presidents to preserve and archive recordings made in the White House. The act is built on the 1974 U.S. Supreme Court decision that led to Nixon’s resignation. The justices unanimously ruled that the president could not claim “executive privilege” against a subpoena seeking audiotapes made in the Oval Office.”
It may be illegal for Trump to destroy any tapes he has now.
“Trump’s fascination with recording his conversations reaches back to the early years of his real estate career, when he installed in his 26th-story office in Trump Tower a “system for surreptitiously tape recording business meetings,” according to an eyewitness account in Harry Hurt’s 1993 biography, “Lost Tycoon.” And BuzzFeed News reported last year that Trump listened in on calls made by staff at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.”
An issue of recording conversations is whether both parties in a conversation are aware of this fact or not.
“Trump sometimes informed reporters who were interviewing him by phone that he was recording their conversation.””
“By the way, you don’t mind that I’m taping this conversation?” Trump asked a Washington Post reporter last spring.
“No, we’re taping it as well,” the reporter replied. “That’s fine.”
“Okay, good,” Trump said. “And so we are all on this, because I’m taping it also.”
“Through the decades, Trump’s top secretaries, Norma Foerderer and Rhona Graff, were upfront about the fact that they listened in on conversations taking place in Trump’s office.”
“Last May, as three Washington Post reporters interviewed Trump by phone about his finances, Trump pushed back against a question regarding his use of the pseudonym “John Miller” when he talked to some reporters in the 1980s.”
“Suddenly, the line went dead. The Post reporters called back and reached Graff, Trump’s executive assistant.”
“Yeah, I heard you got disconnected,” Graff said. “I heard some of it, though. Boy, those were really negative questions. Do you have any good questions to ask him?”
So she was listening the whole time. Trump says he spoke to Comey twice on the phone and once at that dinner. Seems highly likely that at least the phone convos were recorded.
“Visitors to Trump’s office have often recounted moments that indicated that someone outside the office was listening to their conversations.”
“Last spring, when two Post reporters visited Trump in his office for another interview, Trump, in the middle of telling a story about how he demolished the Manhattan landmark that had stood where Trump Tower is now, asked his guests if they would like something to drink.”
In the same quiet voice in which he’d been conducting the interview, Trump said, “Okay, two waters and a Coke.” The interview resumed and less than a minute later, a secretary walked in with the drinks. No one other than the reporters and Trump had been in the office. And Trump never signaled the drink request to anyone outside the office.”
So Rhona Graff might be the best one to talk to about the Trump Tapes. She’s Trump’s Rose Woods.
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