President Trump took to Twitter earlier today to finally let the cat out of the bag: “I did not make, and do not have” recorded tapes of the conversations he had with former FBI Director James Comey.
This comes about three weeks after the Comey testimony during which Comey said, now famously, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes” and brings to a close any speculation President Trump stirred when he tweeted on May 12: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations”
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
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy White House spokesperson, said earlier today during a press conference that President Trump’s tweets this afternoon were “extremely clear” and added nothing, even when repeatedly questioned about the tweets and tapes.
Representative Adam Schiff (D – CA), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee took to Twitter himself to say that the deadline for turning over any tapes is tomorrow (Friday) “if they exist.”
Deadline to turn over any tapes of Comey conversations to House Intel – if they exist – is Friday. Time is running out for WH to comply.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 22, 2017
Sanders went on to say that she did not believe that President Trump was threatening Comey when he tweeted out the original May 12 message.
President Trump would not be the first to record conversations taking place in the Oval Office. Richard Nixon infamously made tapes that would lead to his resignation amid the Watergate scandal. However, other presidents have recorded their White House conversations as well. There is no law against doing this.
Perhaps President Trump has a right to be a little paranoid when it comes to believing his conversations might be recorded. We now that conversations originating in the Trump Tower were subject to surveillance by intelligence agencies. However, with so many Obama holdovers and Clinton supporters working in national intelligence, can we even begin to hope that someone would come forward with recordings vindicating the president?
Today, the GOP healthcare bill is going to be unveiled. There are issues with immigration, infrastructure, and tax reform that our Congresspeople need to be focused on; however, all the focus seems to be on obstructing anything our president attempts to do.
Isn’t it time to drop this and get to work, Congress?