Presidents and tapes

President Trump appeared to threaten recently fired FBI Director Comey with a tweet on May 12th.  The president tweeted, “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”  It is unclear if the president was referring to tapes of the conversations the two had or if the president was referring to a different recording that he had on Comey.  Additionally, the president’s threat was unclear if it was merely to ensure that Comey related facts of their conversation accurately or if there was more to the conversation that might be embarrassing for Comey.

Members of congress on both sides of the aisle asked for any tapes to be released by the White House.  There are a limited number of possibilities.  It could be that there are no recordings of the conversations and Trump’s threat was a lie.  It could be that there are tapes of the conversations and as such are official records and must be preserved.  Perhaps not exactly the outcome President Trump was hoping for.  The third possibility, as I mentioned above, is that Trump is referring to a different set of recordings that are damning for Comey and Trump’s threat is more of a blackmail scheme.

So far, the White House has refused to confirm or deny the existence of the tapes.  This could be another instance of Trump trying to shake up the news cycle, like he did when he accused President Obama of “wiretapping” him for political reasons.  Either way, Congress is demanding White House turn over any recordings of presidential meetings.

This threat appears to have backfired for Trump.  What do you think?  Comment below.