Trump, Who Threatened Comey With Tapes, Now Says They Don't Exist

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Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • In a tweet that I highly doubt he personally constructed or wrote, Donald Trump refuted the claim that he possesses secret recordings of his meetings with former FBI Director James Comey, whom he unceremoniously fired over the “Russia thing” last month. “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking, and illegal leaking of information I have no idea... whether there are ‘tapes’ of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, such recordings.’” he wrote in two tweets. Let’s not forget, though, that it was Trump himself who first suggested that the White House may have taped the conversation when he threatened Comey on May 12, tweeting, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” During his damning testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey said that Trump asked for his loyalty and confirmed that the Trump campaign was under investigation for potential collusion with Russian officials. [Donald Trump Twitter]
  • On that note, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that Trump’s tweets cause a “new wrinkle in international diplomacy.” You don’t say![Politico]
  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear has been taken off the endangered species list. The bear’s population has increased to 700 from 150 when it first appeared on the list in 1975. The decision is controversial among conservationists and Native American tribes who argue that the bear is geographically isolated and may not be able to adapt to environmental changes, including climate change. [The New York Times]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:


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Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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I think the most hilarious thing about the “tapes/no tapes” thing is that 45 (inadvertently, obviously) pretty much made sure that no one questioned Comey’s testimony. Because Comey (and the general public) were under the impression that there were tapes of their conversation, Comey now had incentive not to lie about any conversations they had (lest the tapes be published and contradict him). It made it pretty much impossible for even the most spineless shitweasel of a Republican (that’s you, Paul Ryan) to really contradict him. So.....good job, Trump.