June 22, 2017
Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Comey told Congress during testimony earlier this month. Having teased the world, and bluffed Comey and his Democratic Party supporters about the possibility of recordings of his conversations with the former FBI Director, Bloomberg reports that a ‘source familiar with the matter’ confirms that President Trump does not have any tapes.
Trump raised the possibility of tapes in a strategic fashion to ensure that Comey told the truth, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The president has promised to answer the question soon. He ended a news conference on June 9 with a cliff-hanger about the tapes:
“I’ll tell you about that over a very short period of time.”
He said in the same news conference that reporters would be disappointed with his answer — suggesting that there are no tapes.
This ‘source’ follows earlier comments from Trump confidant Newt Gingrich who noted…
“I think he was in his way instinctively trying to rattle Comey,” says former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a longtime Trump confidant.
“He’s not a professional politician. He doesn’t come back and think about Nixon and Watergate. His instinct is: ‘I’ll outbluff you.'”
All of which sound remarkably like the ‘source’ that Bloomberg quotes.
The president has said that he fired Comey over “this Russia thing.” Comey was leading the FBI’s Russia probe. Originally, Trump said that he canned Comey because of recommendations by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein based on Comey’s handling of the investigation into a private email server that Hillary Clinton used while she was secretary of state.
Rosenstein is the Department of Justice official overseeing the FBI’s Russia probe after Sessions recused himself from anything to do with Russia or the Trump campaign.
After Trump fired Comey, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to take over the investigation. Rumor has it both men are on the chopping block to be fired just as Comey was.