Trump “did not make…any such recordings”

On May 13 Donald Trump appeared to threaten James Comey by implying their conversations had been recorded:

This prompted a lot of discussion. Trump eventually said he would reveal whether there were any recordings.

Yesterday: Schiff: Subpoenas possible if Trump tapes, Comey memos aren’t turned over

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said Wednesday that subpoenas could be the next step if the White House doesn’t comply with a Friday deadline to hand over information on any tapes of President Donald Trump’s meetings with former FBI Director James Comey.

Half an hour ago:

A bizarre response, six weeks after implying/threatening there were tapes.

Why did Trump make the claim in the first place? It looks like he was threatening Comey.

Why did he take so long to now claim he didn’t make any recordings?

He could have easily clarified as soon as his initial tweet raised questions, but chose to delay a denial that contradicted his initial tweet.

He seems to have deliberately fed a sideshow of his own making.  Whether he is playing trivial or serious games it is unbecoming of a President.

Why should anyone believe the initial tweet, today’s tweet, or any tweet from Trump?

Whether he is bullshitting or bluffing or whatever Trump’s tweets should be seen as flaky as he is.

40 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 23, 2017

    Whatever. He was spot on about Comey leaking to the press though, wasn’t he?

    • Gezza

       /  June 23, 2017

      I knew it ! Making trouble!

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 23, 2017

        No rest for the wicked, Sir Gerald.

    • Gezza

       /  June 23, 2017

      But yep. I’m still not overly-enamoured of Trump, but the more I see & hear of Comey, the less I like him.

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 23, 2017

      Oh look over there… a talking squirrel…

      There’s no reason why sharing the content of a private conversation with the president with the press would be illegal, and significantly, the disclosure is protected by the First Amendment. Comey didn’t go to the press either – he gave his recollections of his meetings with trump to his friend.

      all of which still doesn’t distract from the fact that trump has a habit of bluffing that he has tapes that will supposedly prove him right in some dispute or another, in an effort to get his opponent to back down. He did it twice with NYT reporters during his campaign, he’s done it with Comey…and ironically it was trump’s tweet that stirred Comey to action…

      perhaps he should ask Putin for a transcript

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 23, 2017

        Spin, spin, spin …

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  June 23, 2017

          Spin or otherwise, the only tangible outcome of rump’s empty threat was to provide Comey with a reason/excuse/justification to release his own version of events.

          Brilliantly played, trump… #sarc

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  June 23, 2017

            More b.s., JB. Comey was still too slimy to release his carefully prepared propaganda under his own name so he slipped it out through someone else.

            With friends like that do you and the Left really need enemies?

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  June 23, 2017

              seeing as you don’t grasp reality, let me be even more reductionist – the outcome of trump’s tweet was Comey’s release of memos

              … not the outcome trump was fishing for

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 23, 2017

              B.s. Comey was hell-bent on that anyway. Trump was moving him out of the shadows into the spotlight.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 23, 2017

        “Comey didn’t go to the press either – he gave his recollections of his meetings with trump to his friend.”
        He admitted it was with the express intention it be leaked to the press and was done that way to remove himself from the leak.
        But other than that…

      • PDB

         /  June 23, 2017

        You’ve missed the point Blogg’s – it wasn’t done in an effort to get Comey to back down.

        It was actually a rare shrewd move by Trump to ensure Comey didn’t lie/exaggerate during his testimony in case there was a tape that could prove it if he did.

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  June 23, 2017

          ah no, I saw the point – see my reply below on the use of the “Bloomberg defence”. If what you say is correct then:

          1. trump was actually misleading the public all along and

          2. he was doing it in the service of intimidating a witness set to deliver testimony under oath to Congress

          If the goal was to get Comey to tell the truth, then it worked spectacularly…and backfired spectacularly on trump

          • MaureenW

             /  June 23, 2017

            I can’t see your version of events. PDB is on to it.

          • PDB

             /  June 23, 2017

            1. How? He just neither confirmed or denied.
            2. Intimidating a witness by essentially saying ‘you better tell the truth’?
            3. Comey confirmed he gave Trump 3x assurances he wasn’t under investigation & no smoking gun – in fact Comey looked bad by admitting he resorted to leaking his own notes to the press – Trump win.

  2. “Come back Barack- all is forgiven” say all the Americans.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 23, 2017

      It’s a common trait – G.W. is popular now too:

  3. MaureenW

     /  June 23, 2017

    Trump said, in his earlier tweet “Comes better hope there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press”.

    He didn’t say he had made any recording, and with all the spying and leaking that goes on in Washington, it’s a fair enough comment.

    • duperez

       /  June 23, 2017

      So just another example him using, doing the ‘fake news’ trip he spends a lot of time raving about. 😊

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 23, 2017

      quite right Maureen he didn’t explcitly state he had tapes – he only implied their existence off the back of a lifetime of secretly recording meetings and phone calls

      But he also didn’t rule out arranging other people to tape on his behalf, nor did he rule out the erasure of any tapes supporting Comey’s version of events… you might consider that it means they don’t have recordings – anymore.

      And he hasn’t explained his threat to Comey (now revealed as baseless) when he wrote, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

      so the big questions remain: If the president had no tapes, why did he suggest otherwise?Was he trying to intimidate or silence Comey? And did he take other steps to discourage potential witnesses from speaking out?

      oh, and one other big question: trump’s tweets – “all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking, and illegal leaking of information, have no idea …. whether there are ‘tapes’ of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, such recordings” …have LAWYER written all over them. So which lawyer took the blue pill?

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 23, 2017

        He also didn’t rule out urinating on Russian prostitutes while staying in Obama’s bed but no-one is accusing him of…wait a minute…

        Perhaps Trump was just trying to make sure Comey spoke truthfully? That is all the existence of tapes would be able to achieve – unless Comey was saying things he shouldn’t have been.

      • PDB

         /  June 23, 2017

        Bloggs:”Was he trying to intimidate or silence Comey?”

        No – he did it to ensure Comey would only tell the truth.

        • Joe Bloggs

           /  June 23, 2017

          Yup, that’s Bloomberg’s spin on events… Jennifer Jacobs reported there were no 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,”
          https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-22/trump-said-to-not-have-recordings-of-conversations-with-comey

          This defence offered by you, Jacobs (another Trump ally) and an ‘anonymous White House official” is breathtaking:

          1. trump was actually misleading the public all along and

          2. he was doing it in the service of intimidating a witness set to deliver testimony under oath to Congress

          If the goal was to get Comey to tell the truth, then it worked spectacularly…and backfired spectacularly on trump

          • PDB

             /  June 23, 2017

            See reply above.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  June 23, 2017

            Ah – no there was not any misleading.
            And trying to get someone to speak truthfully is not intimidation.
            And finally Comey’s testimony didn’t exactly hurt Trump.

  4. Zedd

     /  June 23, 2017

    about as believable as WJ Clinton saying ‘I didnt inhale… man’

    btw; I hear rumors ‘Comey is a COMMIE !’

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 23, 2017

      What is it that you don’t believe?

      • Zedd

         /  June 23, 2017

        dont get me started Alan:

        1) Donald Trump (mega-TV star) is actually POTUS
        2) That people think he is running the country for anyone else, but Trump Inc
        3) That they think he writes those tweets & hang on everyone
        4) that every western TV network, still think hes that news worthy; 23/7 on some
        5) that he is walking around like he is vice-King of Saudi
        6) that his hair is real
        7) is that enuf AW ?

        ie he sacked Comey because HE was a Obama-man.. not a “YES Mr T-man”
        I wonder which will ‘get the bullet first’ ?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 23, 2017

          That’s plenty to clarify your relevance, Zedd: none.

          • Zedd

             /  June 23, 2017

            i mean everything trump-related is ‘unbelievable’.. like life on fantasy island !

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 23, 2017

          His hair IS real-it’s real SOMETHING, just not real hair. 😀 😀 😀

  5. For the record, know why the MSM in the USA is so biased against the GOP?

    ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser.

    CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.

    ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former Whitehouse Press Secretary Jay Carney

    ABC News and Univision reporter Matthew Jaffe is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary

    ABC President Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood

    CNN President Virginia Moseley is married to former Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides

    And particularly sickening for a Vietnam veteran, Jane Fonda was married to the owner of CNN!