aside What Tapes? The Secret Service Has Let The Cat Out Of The Bag

Image result for PHOTOS OF TRUMP AND COMEY HAVING DINNEROn June 12, 2017, AOL News published the following report:

“The question about whether President Trump does or does not have ‘tapes’ of his private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey lingers.”

In an effort to get answers, the Wall Street Journal submitted a freedom of information request for copies or transcripts of Trump-era White House recordings and was told by the U.S. Secret Service that neither exists.

Image result for PHOTOS OF TRUMP AND COMEY HAVING DINNERToday, June 12, 2017, CNN and MSNBC reporters have quoted the Wall Street Journal that the US Secret Service is stating for the record that no devices for recording conversations between the republican President Donald Trump and others were present in the White House and no transcripts exist. This does not mean that another entity couldn’t have set up a system for recording outside of their purview.

I am convinced that there are no tapes regarding any conversations between the president and the former FBI Director James Comey that wouldn’t have been noted by the Secret Service.

James Comey (R)

On May 12, 2017, James Hohmann of the Washington Post penned the following report, “The Daily 202: Trump’s warning to Comey deepens doubts about his respect for the rule of law.”

Excerpts:

THE BIG IDEA: The biggest news out of Donald Trump’s Thursday interview with NBC was his confession that the Russia investigation was on his mind when he fired FBI Director James Comey. Undercutting 48 hours of denials by his aides, the president said: “In fact, when I decided to just do it, I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story; it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.’”

But what may ultimately get Trump into bigger trouble is his story about Comey assuring him he was not under investigation during a one-on-one dinner at the White House. Lester Holt asked the president to elaborate on his claim, made in the letter firing Comey, that he’d been told three times he was not under federal investigation. “He wanted to stay at the FBI, and I said I’ll, you know, consider and see what happens,” Trump said. “But we had a very nice dinner, and at that time he told me, ‘You are not under investigation.’” 

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TRUMP/ COMEY

“President Trump said former FBI Director James Comey told him he was not under investigation during an exclusive interview with NBC News on May 11.(NBC News)

“It would be a big dang deal if the FBI director was discussing an ongoing investigation with the president — generally prohibited by Justice Department policy — at the same time he was also asking to keep his job.”

But on the front page of today’s New York Times, Michael Schmidt paints a very different picture of the Jan. 27 dinner: “The conversation that night, Mr. Comey now believes, was a harbinger of his downfall … according to two people who have heard his account of the dinner.… As they ate, the president and Mr. Comey made small talk about the election and the crowd sizes at Mr. Trump’s rallies. The president then turned the conversation to whether Mr. Comey would pledge his loyalty to him. Mr. Comey declined to make that pledge. Instead, Mr. Comey has recounted to others, he told Mr. Trump that he would always be honest with him, but that he was not ‘reliable’ in the conventional political sense.… By Mr. Comey’s account, his answer to Mr. Trump’s initial question apparently did not satisfy the president.… Later in the dinner, Mr. Trump again said to Mr. Comey that he needed his loyalty. Mr. Comey again replied that he would give him ‘honesty’ and did not pledge his loyalty.… But Mr. Trump pressed him on whether it would be ‘honest loyalty.’ ‘You will have that,’ Mr. Comey told his associates he responded.”

— Apparently reacting to that account, Trump went on a tweetstorm this morning: 

James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!

— Irate about the wall-to-wall coverage of the contradictions and inconsistencies in his and his staff’s evolving statements, the president also threatened this morning to cancel the daily press briefings: 

As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!….

…Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future “press briefings” and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???

— Bigger picture: This saga, which the president just escalated in a big way, should be viewed through the prism of Trump’s entire career. Threatening to release a secret tape of the FBI director, in addition to asking him if he is under investigation during what was essentially a job interview, would both fit with a pattern dating back to when the president counter-sued the Justice Department over alleged racial discrimination at his family’s apartment buildings.

13 comments

    • Dear Kim,
      I have had much better fantasies about how our president could meet his demise and so, I think that you are being perfectly reasonable in your thinking.

      Hugs, Gronda

    • Dear David Prosser,

      I think DDT’s water carriers could explain even that away. At this point, I really don’t see these guys not being able to justify just about any event associated wit the president AWAY, NO MATTER HOW SUSPICIOUS!

      SUPPOSEDLY, WE JUST DON’T GET HOW UNFAIRLY THIS PRESIDENT IS BEING MALIGNED.

      I JUST CAN’T BELIEVE THAT I’M LIVING THIS REALITY NIGHTMARE OF A SHOW.

      CIAO, GRONDA

    • Dear Suzanne,

      Right now, I think it would take a miracle to spare us from dealing with anymore of DDT’s shenanigans in the near future but I have been praying on this. Again, thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. Gronda, what serious people are doing is scratching their heads. If this is true, as we think it is, why would the President introduce this topic with its hugely negative connotation with history? This is yet another unforced error, again if true. If he does have tapes, he will need to scrub them (which is illegal), as the President on tape may be as bad as the President under oath, as you noted in the historical example of being caught in 30 lies on the witness stand. Keith

  2. We’ll see how far his Republican cronies will back him on this fiasco. Perhaps SC Mueller can charge Trump on obstruction… before the party “persuades” Dep. AG RR to fire the special counsel.

    From WaPo:

    If Rosenstein were to move toward firing the special counsel, he would have to put the cause in writing, he said.

    “If there were good cause,” I would consider it,” Rosenstein testified. “If there were not good cause, it wouldn’t matter to me what anybody says.”

    House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Tuesday he had confidence in Mueller, and dismissed reports that Trump might fire Mueller as “rumors.”

    “There’s no debate that’s going on here,” Ryan said after a reporter asked about suggestions from Trump friends Ruddy and Newt Gingrich that Mueller could be axed.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/jeff-sessions-set-to-testify-this-afternoon-before-senate-intelligence-committee/2017/06/13/ac5321bc-4fc6-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html

    So I see the Trump team is already engineering a reality show type firing!

  3. Dear 1EarthUnited,

    DDT would love to fire Mr. Mueller. Mr. Mueller with his newly formed staff are extremely competent to where if DDT has done anything untoward, it will be uncovered.

    If DDT is clean, he should be grateful as Mr. Mueller will clear his name. Mr. Mueller does not need to make a name for himself and he has a reputation for being fair. But if DDT is guilty of a major wrongdoing, he should be shaking in his boots.

    Hugs, Gronda

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