Trump Floats Possibility He’s Taping Himself in the Oval Office

Mole in Oval Office?

President Donald Trump admitted today he never taped former FBI Director James Comey but he left open the possibility that he’s taping himself, although he acknowledged he’s just speculating.

“I’m not saying I am taping myself but so many things are coming out of the White House, coming out of the Oval Office, that I think I could be taping myself,” he said. “I just think we’re going to be revealing some very interesting things in the months ahead. Very interesting things. You’ll be surprised, I can guarantee you that.”

A White House press aide who spoke on condition of anonymity said the President’s remark “speaks for itself,” although it wasn’t clear if the President was admitting he was taping himself or whether he was being taped at his request or whether he was being taped not at his request but with his tacit agreement. “Or maybe the agreement isn’t tacit,” this aide said. “I think you ought to ask the President whether it’s tacit or not.”

Security experts say it would be unusual for a president to tape himself without knowing for certain whether he was taping himself. “It could be he hits the record button accidentally or he means to tape other people but accidentally tapes himself or maybe he tapes himself but forgets,” says Peter Decker, CEO of InfoClad, a Washington security consulting company that works with federal agencies to help protect government data from breaches.

Record button on?


Former employees of The Trump Organization say Trump routinely taped his phone calls with business partners and vendors and also allegedly taped the phone calls of some of his guests at his hotels. “Taping conversations is not new to Donald Trump,” says David Goldstein, former publisher of New York Business Monthly, which covered Trump extensively in the 1980s and 1990s. “He was quite open about it and his staff were quite open about it. He would use the information to leverage deals when things would get sticky. So, if he’s having himself taped in his own Oval Office, I can’t say I’m surprised.”

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating whether anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to hack the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election, said his committee will add the question of whether the President is taping himself to the list of questions it wants answered.

“If the President is taping himself, then there will be tapes to listen to,” Burr said. “Right now we have no such tapes and apparently the President isn’t sure whether such tapes exist, although he says a surprise is coming in a few months. We’ll see what that surprise is, but right now he doesn’t seem sure whether he’s taping himself, but he does seem to suspect that he is.”

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