Repercussions from FBI Director James Comey’s firing are still unfolding. President Trump escalated the controversy Friday when he threatened Comey on Twitter, warning the disgraced public servant that there would be consequences for being too free with the media. Comey has a responsibility to safeguard classified information.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted.
The Trump administration has been dogged by leaks. “It’s clear that a few individuals believe that if they kneecap a few of their colleagues, they will benefit — whereas, in fact, they are weakening the president,” Matt Mackowiak, a GOP strategist, told The Hill.
The left kicked up a furor immediately after Comey’s dismissal was announced. Liberal talking heads began concocting wild conspiracy theories. Comey may be tempted to spill secret information on the White House as a way of revenging himself on the president, who, liberals are claiming, humiliated him.
Trump’s Friday morning tweet suggests that his conversations with Comey were recorded. It’s possible that Trump has evidence of grave misdeeds committed by the former FBI director. If Comey threatens the stability of the White House by leaking confidential information, Trump may retaliate by revealing Comey’s secrets.
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, a member of the House Oversight Committee, released the following statement:
“Earlier this morning, President Trump wrote a tweet referencing his taping of high-level conversations in the White House. In light of this revelation, I would respectfully request that the White House Counsel provide the House Oversight Committee with all tapes of the President’s communications with former FBI Director James Comey, of President Trump’s meeting with Russian officials which was closed to American press but not their Russian counterparts, and of any conversations regarding the hiring or firing of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. These White House tapes could accelerate current investigations as previous tapes have aided past inquiries.”
If Trump recorded critical conversations between himself and key Washington figures it could potentially go far in clearing his name from the accusations that the left has steadily lobbed at him since his inauguration.
“When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?” Trump tweeted Friday morning, referencing the ongoing Russian investigation.
Before his firing, many politicians, if asked, would have said that they believed Comey was doing a terrible job. Yet after Trump dismissed him, the left flocked to Comey’s side. Democrats accused the administration of attempting to sabotage the Russia investigation.
“If this were an actual criminal investigation — in other words, if there were a prosecutor and a defense lawyer in the picture — this would draw a severe phone call to counsel warning that the defendant is at serious risk of indictment if he continues to speak to witnesses,” Samuel W. Buell, a Duke University law professor, told the New York Times. “Thus, this is also definitive evidence that Trump is not listening to counsel and perhaps not even talking to counsel. Unprecedented in the modern presidency.”
Much of what the Trump administration is accomplishing is unprecedented. The establishment can’t understand what he’s doing in the same way that political pollsters were blind to his appeal before the election.
“As a very active president with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at the podium with perfect accuracy!” Trump tweeted. “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”
The press has been excoriating White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in recent days as the White House is accused of releasing inaccurate information. Washington is a gigantic machine with a million moving parts.
Comey may have lost his prestigious position but he’s still very much in the public eye.