If there are any Trump-Comey tapes, Congress wants them
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 11, 2017,
Jun 11, 2017, 23:44
The president's most vocal supporters, starting with the president himself, still insist that he's not evil, but that he is a genius.
If that seems familiar, it should.
Donald Trump Jr at a campaign rally in Arizona.
Here's how this works in the case of Comey.
"And some of the things that he said just weren't true", Trump said at a news conference in the White House Rose Garden. But no sensible person can deny that Trump - with his obsessive tweeting and aphasic outbursts - has done nearly everything he can to make that cloud thicker and darker than necessary. Comey said that in their February 14 meeting Trump expressed "hope" that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would drop its probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn over Flynn's contacts with Russian officials. He said he leaked some of those notes last month, hoping to prompt the naming of a special counsel. "If I'm Trump's lawyer, I now know that the obstruction file is open in the special counsel's office", he said, asking not to be identified.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted more than 80 times Thursday, defending his father and attacking Comey.
"Yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction".
In answer to a reporter's question, the president denied he had asked for Comey's pledge of loyalty in a private meeting earlier this year.
If Trump had simply focused on making great deals for America - whatever that means - rather than obsessing over the Democrat-fueled myth that he was being investigated, he wouldn't have an approval rating in the mid-30s, and the Democrats would be on their heels.
Even the Wall Street Journal editorial page - not exactly a bastion of liberalism - lambasted Trump in March for his unfounded claim that Obama wiretapped him in Trump Tower, followed by the president's outrageous support for a fake Fox News claim that Obama outsourced the tapping to British intelligence.
The President later said he would "100%" be willing to testify under oath.
Earlier on Thursday, Comey said, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes". Trump is accusing Comey of a crime.
The Kasowitz accusations, made shortly after James Comey completed the public portion of his Senate testimony, if actively pursued, would necessarily shroud the Trump administration in a complex web of investigations, congressional hearings and court proceedings that would ultimately pull it into a black hole of legal destruction.
ABC's Jonathan Karl asked at the news conference if Trump would be willing to testify under oath about what happened with Comey.
"He said those things under oath", Karl said.
"He's a leaker", Trump said dismissively. "I hardly know the man, I'm not going to say, 'I want you to pledge allegiance, '"Trump said". Should they believe the G-man who once threatened to quit his job as a U.S. attorney on principle and whose former employees can't find anything bad to say about him?
Iohannis offered support for Trump's position Friday, saying to Trump, "I'm very glad that due to your strong leadership North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chose to go against terrorism". But until he does, it's premature to give him the benefit of the doubt on honesty.
One of the things Comey told the Senate committee was that he believes he was sacked last month in an effort to "relieve" pressure on Trump from the Justice Department investigation. Anger? Revenge? It's not clear.
Trump can lie with literal impunity at this point and has a motive to do so. Comey faces legal repercussions for lying - and it's not really clear why he would.
One key reason Trump won the presidency is, again, why he's faring as well as he is when positioned against Comey: partisanship.
It's very possible that Trump is telling the truth, that the conversation didn't go as Comey presented.
But while Republicans in general have continued to back the president, some have begun openly questioning and criticizing his actions.