Six weeks after he sent a tweet threatening ex-FBI Director James Comey that “tapes” may exist of their conversations, President Donald Trump revealed that he did not record Comey and wasn’t in possession of any tapes. At the same time, he left open the possibility that someone else may have recorded their meetings.
In response to this revelation, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president’s intent with his initial tweet was that he “wanted the truth to come out.”
“The reality is that he wanted to make sure that the truth came out,” Spicer told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer this morning. “And by talking about something like tapes, it made people and it made Comey, in particular, think to himself that I better be honest, I better tell the truth about circumstances regarding the situation.”
The spokesman went on to say that at his Senate testimony this month, Comey confirmed he told the president three separate times that he wasn’t personally under investigation, insinuating that Trump’s tweet compelled Comey to answer that way.
During his interview with Fox & Friends that aired today, Trump also claimed that the tweet was sent as a way to force Comey to be truthful, something White House counselor Kellyanne Conway parroted in a CNN appearance this morning. MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren pointed out that if this were POTUS’s intention, this could be seen as witness intimidation.
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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