No one yet knows for sure whether President Trump did secretly taped FBI director James Comey. White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied any such activity on Friday, at the daily press briefing. But Trump hasn’t walked back his threat either.
President Donald Trump’s tweet on Friday at around 9 am EST read: “James Comey just better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
As Nina Burleigh notes, there are known and available tapes, such as the Billy Bush “grab ’em by the pussy” tapes, and then there are known and unavailable tapes of intercepted calls between Trump presidential campaign aides (e.g.,. Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort) and senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, which are in the possession of law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Then, adds Burleigh, there are the wild rumors of tapes that no one knows for sure exist, such as the audiotape (hand-delivered to the Kremlin by Carter Page) in which candidate Trump promises to change American policy toward Russia if elected; or the tape the President now says he has on Comey; and the freakiest tape of all, the notorious ‘golden showers” tape supposedly recorded by the Russians to compromise the President.
Let’s hope for the country’s sake that all of our wildest rumors come true so we can put an abrupt end to this tragedy. -DB