OMG: Trump Just Sent a Crazy Tweet Threatening Comey With ‘Taped’ Conversation
On Thursday, president Donald Trump President assailed Comey as ‘showboat’ and ‘grandstander’, explaining that the decision to fire FBI Director James Comey was his alone, contradicting the message delivered by White House staff earlier in the week. Today, the erratic president took his fight with the FBI to a new level.
Trump on Friday escalated his war against the Intelligence agency. Raising the specter Friday that he may have taped his conversations with Director James Comey before firing him, the president took to Twitter to send a not so veiled threat to the former FBI Director.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump tweeted.
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
Trump also suggested he may cancel future press briefings and instead “hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy” because “as a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!”
The messages followed Trump on Thursday calling Comey a “showboat” and a “grandstander” and insisting the bureau’s Russia probe would show he did nothing wrong. He said he’d sent a letter to a top Republican lawmaker declaring he has no business dealings there.
Nice try, but Trump cannot escape Russia as congressional probes push ahead and the nation’s top law-enforcement agency shows no sign of backing down in the face of the president’s criticism.
During a Senate testimony Thursday, Comey’s temporary replacement, Andrew McCabe, made clear that he had no intention of briefing Trump on the investigation into possible ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign as long as he held the job and considered it one of the most important probes underway at the Justice Department.
He also disputed White House assertions that his former boss had lost the trust of FBI rank-and-file.
“Director Comey enjoyed broad support in the FBI and still does to this day,” McCabe said Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. He said that working with Comey was “the greatest privilege and honor of my professional life.”
McCabe assured lawmakers the investigation will continue:
“You cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution,” he said.
Trump’s justifications for dismissing Comey have raised key questions about possible politicization of law enforcement. In a May 9 letter to Comey, Trump said the director had on three occasions assured him that he wasn’t under investigation. If true, that would be a breach of FBI norms against discussing ongoing cases, and a clear obstruction of justice by the president, an impeachable offense.