Greta Van Susteren Denounces Trump’s ‘Tapes’ Tweet: ‘Runs the Risk of Intimidation of a Witness’


Earlier today, President Donald Trump finally addressed his tweet from more than a month ago when he seemingly threatened just-fired FBI Director James Comey by suggesting that “tapes” of their conversations may exist. Following weeks of the White House deflecting on the issue and pushing it off, Trump sent out tweets saying he didn’t know if any recordings existed and he hadn’t taped anyone.

During today’s broadcast of MSNBC’s For the Record, normally reserved host Greta Van Susteren got passionate while talking about Trump coming clean on his original “tapes” tweet. And it appears she thinks the president was engaged in behavior that could be illegal.

“There’s no good motive for saying this except to intimidate James Comey,” she said while interviewing Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA). “And he had many opportunities to fix it, and he doesn’t.”

The MSNBC host continued, “Today, when all the attention is on health care, it’s almost like he slips it in to sort of get out of trouble. This is not just bad tweeting. This runs the risk of intimidation of a witness.”

Later on in the conversation, Van Susteren unleashed some more on Trump, claiming that he is greatly damaging the office of president with his behavior.

“I’m not feeling worried about what he’s doing to himself tonight but what I am worried about is that the rest of the world is watching and the credibility of the person who occupies the Oval Office is very important. If it looks like he’s gaming things, intimidating witnesses, he looks like — he’s certainly not gaining a lot of respect in the world. And that’s the inflicted wound on the American people at this time.”

After Markey said he believed Trump did this today to distract from the Senate health care bill that Republicans revealed, Van Susteren disagreed with the lawmaker, stating that the president was hoping to slide it in under the radar to hid that he was being deceitful.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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