President Trump’s Friday morning “tapes” tweet directed at former FBI Director James Comey has caused quite a ruckus among conspiratorial media types. After all, it’s hard not to resist the temptation to channel Nixon when the President alludes that he could be taping conversations in the White House!
Here’s the original Trump tweet:
When asked about whether or not the White House recorded President Trump’s conversations with FBI Director Comey, White House Press Secretary issued the proverbial thrice denial. Or at least he issued three “non-denial denial,” or something along those lines.
“I’ve talk to the president and the president has nothing further to add on that,” Spicer said in response to the first question. When pressed two other times, Spicer said:
“As I mentioned, the president has nothing further to add on that.”
And… “As I said for the third time, there is nothing further to add on that.”
BREAKING: White House refuses to confirm or deny if Pres. Trump has recording devices in Oval Office or Residence. https://t.co/pjNmuI4M0E
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) May 12, 2017
Lawrence O’Donnell seems ticked:
@realDonaldTrump You are obviously in full panic mode and you will be until your last day in the White House.
— Lawrence O’Donnell (@Lawrence) May 12, 2017
But the thing is, with the hysterical forces arrayed against Trump pounding at him from every possible angle, why would the president NOT want to protect himself by taping White House conversations? After all, according to Politifact, it’s totally legal:
Legal experts we contacted agreed that the controlling law would be that of the District of Columbia — and D.C. law allows “one-party consent” taping. That means that taping is legal as long as one participant in the conversation is aware that a recording is being made.
“There’s no federal or D.C. law of which I’m aware that makes it illegal to unilaterally record a conversation in the District of Columbia,” Stephen I. Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law. “That’s without regard to whether such recordings might themselves be evidence of other criminal activity, but that’s another matter altogether.”
But Dems, seeing a Russkie in every closet, are now ‘demanding’ that Trump release any communication between himself and Comey.
— House Judiciary Dems (@HouseJudiciary) May 12, 2017
So, should he? There’s arguments for both sides:
They can demand all they want. Until they get a subpoena they can pound sand. https://t.co/i4YpJInfC0
— 𝕾𝖜𝖊𝖆𝖗𝖊𝖓𝖌𝖊𝖓 (@Camelback71) May 12, 2017
The proper response to this dipshittery is "Kiss my ass. You get nothing." https://t.co/NzOfXCNBHU
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) May 12, 2017
I was going to tell ya'll not to hold your breath…. but, after much consideration, please do! https://t.co/giqFOWCFuJ
— Bill P. (@billpr53) May 12, 2017
Let them go through the trouble of getting a subpoena, then show them that they were chasing a ghost this whole time. All the while, keep doing that crucial job of making America great again!
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