In the continuing saga of Mango Madness in the White House, Donald Trump posted a tweet basically threatening former FBI Director James Comey.
The full-blown Twitter meltdown went like this:
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
Did Trump just admit there are secret tapes of their conversations? If so, the tweet seems to undermine his credibility, and the credibility of White House spokespersons who went out in support of their lying boss earlier this week. The sycophants Trump calls his staff gave several different storylines about the Comey firing, including one that it was recommended by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after a performance review.
So which lie is it?
That’s what reporters wanted to know when White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was grilled mercilessly in the daily press briefing on Thursday after the different story lines were “disproven or thrown into doubt by acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and even President Donald Trump himself.
As Business Insider reports:
The briefing came after McCabe, in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, refuted the White House claim that rank-and-file FBI agents supported the decision to oust FBI Director James Comey earlier this week.
And just an hour earlier, Trump dispelled the White House storyline, advanced by officials as high as Vice President Mike Pence, that Trump decided to oust Comey at the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Instead, Trump said he was going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendation.
Trump also called Comey a “showboat” and a “grand-stander,” and explained the curious claim from his letter firing Comey that the FBI director told him on three occasions that he was not under investigation. Comey’s bureau was leading an investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials to swing the November presidential election, and critics have accused Trump of ousting Comey to help end the investigation.
“You said now today, and I think you said again yesterday, that you personally have talked to countless FBI officials employees since this happened,” a reporter asked Sanders, referring to her claim Wednesday that the FBI’s rank-and-file supported Comey’s dismissal.
“Correct,” she responded.
“I mean, really?!” the reporter shot back.
Sanders said that “between email, text messages” she “absolutely” heard from many agents who agreed with the president’s decision.
The reporter asked for a number.
“50? 60? 70?” he asked.
“Look, we’re not going to get into a numbers game,” Sanders said. “I have heard from a large number of individuals who work at the FBI who said they’re very happy with the president’s decision.”
Sanders was asked earlier about what led her and the White House to “believe” Comey “lost the confidence of the FBI when [McCabe] says it’s exactly the opposite.”
“Well, I can speak to my own personal experience,” she said. “I’ve heard from countless members of the FBI who are grateful for the president’s decision. You know, we may have to agree to disagree. I’m sure there are some people who are disappointed. But I’ve certainly heard from a large number of individuals, and that’s just myself. And I don’t even know that many people in the FBI.”
If I were Trump I wouldn’t use the words “tapes” and “leaking” in the same sentence. If he just admitted there are secret tapes, they now can be subpoenaed. And wasn’t it just recently that Trump and the Republicans said unmasking is way worse than Russian collusion? Yes, they did. Lastly, and most important, what US president in their right mind issues threats on Twitter?
It’s obvious that Donald Trump and his staff refuse to stand up for the truth, so we have to.
Congress needs to get the whole damn lot of them before a special investigation committee to testify, pronto. Even better, hire a f*cking special investigator already!
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