In a move that strikes an eerily Nixonian tone, President Donald Trump tweeted Friday morning, threatening former FBI Director James Comey with “tapes” of their conversations.
Comey, whom Trump abruptly fired this week, has remained silent on the issue so far. He has been the center of an enormous ongoing political firestorm this week, as rumors about political motivations for his firing circle the White House.
James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2017
The unprovoked threat from Trump is sure to cause many raised eyebrows in a political universe already drawing comparisons between Trump and disgraced former President Richard Nixon, who famously recorded his Oval Office conversations, a move that helped secure his downfall.
According to the archive of the tapes online:
Between February 1971 and July 1973, President Richard Nixon secretly recorded 3,700 hours of his phone calls and meetings across the executive offices. These recordings played a leading role in the resignation of our 37th president on August 9, 1974. They remain perhaps the greatest treasure of information ever left by a president, as well as the most complex, controversial set of presidential records in U.S.
Although presidential phone calls with other world leaders are often recorded for posterity, phone calls between the president and appointed officials are logged but not necessarily recorded.
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