Trump Suggests His 'Tapes' Tweet Was To Keep Comey Honest

Former FBI Director James Comey recently told senators during Congressional testimony that Trump never asked him about how to stop a future Russian election cyberattack.

On Fox & Friends on Friday morning, Trump said that "when [Comey] found out that there may be tapes out there - whether it's governmental tapes or anything else, and who knows - I think his story may have changed".

Lawmakers investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the USA 2016 election had asked the White House for any such recordings of Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9.

Mr Mueller has not given any details of his investigation but USA media have reported he is investigating Mr Trump for possible obstruction of justice, both in the firing of Mr Comey and whether Mr Trump tried to end an inquiry into sacked national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In the Fox and Friends interview, Trump suggested that the possibility of tapes, one that he raised in a tweet shortly after Comey was terminated from his position, may have changed Comey's account of events.

President Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation, calling it a "witch hunt".

By speaking of "tapes", the President cavalierly evoked the Watergate scandal and the worst political crisis in the history of the presidency in order to hint that he, like Nixon, was capable of secretly recording his visitors.

But armed with the documents procured by the White House, Republican Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a member of Trump's transition team, set out to defend Trump's tweets.

This is not the first time that Trump, the former star of reality TV and tabloids, has manufactured a melodrama that begins with bluster but often ends with a whimper.




Mr Comey, asked if there were recordings of their conversations, earlier this month said: "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".

"They are also four good guys and are four friends of mine", Trump said. The second front is the Trump Campaigns and their collusion and coordination with Putin/Russian Govt in fixing the 2016 election.

The piece cited a memo that Comey filed just after a February 14 meeting he had with Trump at the White House.

While testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, Mr Comey said he hoped there were tapes. "I would like to keep her right where she is because our record is extraordinary against her, but we will see what happens".

On 16 June, Mr Trump sent out a tweet appearing to accept he was under investigation, although later his aides suggested that was not the intention.

By flattering Trump, and inflating his ego, Fox News may have added to evidence that Trump obstructed justice. This entire question is about how Trump's story changed. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous if you want to know the truth from that standpoint.

Ever since Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate President Trump, we have heard all sorts of rumors regarding exactly what he may be looking into. Those days came and went without an answer.

"It's basically trying to tell Comey, 'Don't say anything, '" O'Sullivan, now a law professor at Georgetown University, said.

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