President Trump now has a “tapes” problem of his own making.
In his May 9th letter to James Comey informing him that he was fired, Donald Trump included a reference to “three separate occasions” when Comey supposedly informed the President that he was “not under investigation.” During an interview with Lester Holt two days later, Trump elaborated, describing a dinner with Comey at the White House early on in his presidency.
As Trump put it to Holt: “I said, if it’s possible would you let me know, am I under investigation? He said, ‘You are not under investigation.'”
That same day, reporting emerged portraying a much different dinner, one at which Trump demanded loyalty from Comey and he refused to give it. Trump’s version of events was also called into question by Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee that “it is not” standard practice for the FBI to inform a potential target of an investigation whether or not he was in fact under investigation.
All of this prompted Donald Trump to tweet on Friday what appeared to many to be a threat directed at James Comey.
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
Now, many in Washington on both sides of the aisle are calling on the President to produce any such tapes, if they in fact exist.
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