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Trump intimidates Comey

President Trump has insinuated that he may have recorded a conversation with then FBI director James Comey. He wants to prevent Comey from contradicting his portrayal of what has been discussed.

President Trump posted a series of tweets on Friday, including one attempting to intimidate the sacked FBI director James Comey. He wrote that if information about it got to the press, Comey could only hope that there was no tape recording of a conversation between them. It's about what was discussed at a dinner between the president and the now-sacked FBI director in January.

The shadow of Nixon

According to the President, Comey had assured him at the time that he was not being investigated personally as part of the FBI's investigations into Russia's machinations during the US election campaign. Trump said in an interview with TV station MSNBC on Thursday that he had explicitly asked Comey about it.

That a president could even ask such a question is at least surprising, if not improper or a violation of the rules. In any case, an FBI director shouldn't give an answer. Those who know Comey claim that Comey behaved in exactly the same way. The "New York Times" reported. On the other hand, Trump said that Comey answered him clearly. With his suggestion that there could at most be a tape recorder, the President obviously wants to ensure that Comey does not contradict his account.

With his tweet, Trump brings back memories of Richard Nixon, who in 1973 had to be forced by the Supreme Court to hand out tapes of hidden recorded conversations. This led to his resignation. Washington tends not to assume that Trump is actually recording his talks. In any case, the threat does not promote the president's credibility.

This also suffered because Trump revealed in the TV interview that he had planned for a long time to fire the director of the FBI. He himself made a direct link to the investigation into the Russia Connection. Such a causal connection with the dismissal of the FBI director had been officially denied by then. This confirms the suspicion that Trump, in the person of Comey, dismissed a man whose official acts could have been dangerous for him. This is also reminiscent of Nixon, who at the time forced the resignation of the special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was investigating Watergate.

Trump contradicts the previous official version

"I planned to fire Comey, regardless of the recommendation of the Deputy Attorney General," Trump replied to the interviewer's question about the extent to which he was guided by a memorandum from Rod Rosenstein. "When I decided to do it, I said to myself, this Russia thing with Trump is a made-up story, it's a Democratic excuse that they lost an election they should have won."

With his statements, Trump wiped the official statement from the table, which had been issued by the White House as the reason for the surprising step. Accordingly, Rosenstein had submitted to him a memorandum on Comey, which was equivalent to a register of sins. On his recommendation, it had previously been said, Trump dismissed Comey. This version had been persistently disseminated not only by his press officers but also by Vice President Mike Pence.

In view of the contradicting statements from the White House, Trump threatened on Friday that he would no longer hold press conferences in the future, but would only answer questions in writing so as not to be misinterpreted.

A show-off and a braggart

In the TV interview, Trump denied being angry with Comey after the FBI director publicly said there were no signs of surveillance of the Trump Tower. Trump claimed that President Obama tapped his phones in 2016.

Still, Trump claimed that the FBI was “in an uproar” under Comey, calling him a show-off and a boastful person. If the Russians had done something, he wanted to know. He will ensure that no one ever manipulates an election in America.