The conflict between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey deepened this morning when Comey revealed he might have been taping Trump while Trump was taping him during their conversations about the FBI’s investigation into the Trump team’s Russia connections.
In a tweet released at 6:35 a.m this morning, Comey, who is new to Twitter, posted a tweet hinting he might have been taping Trump during the now-famous phone call in which he allegedly assured Trump he was not investigating the president.
“The President better hope I wasn’t taping him while he was taping me when we spoke about the FBI’s Russia investigation,” Comey said in the tweet. It was the first tweet in his account, @realJamesComey.
When reached at his home in Washington, Comey said he would be willing to reveal to Congress in a public hearing whether he actually taped the president taping him just a few days before he was unexpectedly fired. “I want the American people to know the truth and that’s why I think it’s important that any hearing in which this matter is discussed is a public one,” said Comey, whose reasons for being fired have shifted since the White House made its announcement.
Comey woudn’t say whether he routinely tapes his conversations with people, but he suggested that he might have a practice of taping the conversations of those who are taping him. “We’re the FBI,” he said. “You think we don’t know when you’re taping us? We know when you’re taping us and it may or may not make sense for us to tape you in return.”
If that were the case, he said, the NSA will have evidence of Comey taping Trump taping him. But that will probably not be the end of it, because the Russians were probably taping the NSA, which means the Russians have evidence of the NSA taping Comey taping Trump. And the British are also good at taping, and probably have evidence of the Russians taping the NSA taping Comey taping Trump taping Comey. And at the end of the chain is probably the Israelis, who are widely acknowledged to be the best of all, so they would no doubt have evidence of the British taping the Russians taping the NSA taping the FBI taping Trump taping Comey.
“One way or another we’ll get to the bottom of this,” said Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who said his committee might or might not have sought a federal judge’s permission to tape the White House taping Comey who might have been taping Trump. “It might take an independent prosecutor to get to the bottom of this but we will—preferably by an independent prosecutor who has a more secret tape recorder than the rest of us have.”
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