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Trump Tweet about “Tapes” of Comey Lead to Calls for Subpoenas

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.

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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  • Todd Beeton is a digital strategist living in New York City, specializing in the use of social media tools for digital storytelling. During the 2008 election, Todd blogged about the presidential election as a front page blogger and editor for MyDD.com, a national progressive political site. For the last several years, Todd was proud to serve as digital director for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, directing her social media content and strategy over four election cycles.

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