See, this is what occasionally happens when you go all-in with a weak hand.
Sometimes the guy across the table calls your bluff.
Which is exactly what James Comey did earlier this month when, during testimony, the former FBI Director said he hopes that the tapes Donald Trump suggested may exist of conversations between the two are real and are released.
As it turns out, Trump was bluffing.
So he’s trying to play it off like he was just speculating and didn’t intend to suggest he had made recordings himself. What a joke. I wonder how long it took his advisers to come up with that.
President Donald Trump doesn’t have recordings of his conversations with then-FBI Director James Comey, according to a person familiar with the matter, capping weeks of speculation about whether such tapes exist.
Trump himself raised the question of whether he was taping his Oval Office conversations when, days after firing Comey on May 9, he blasted out a series of tweets suggesting the existence of tapes as a way to try to deter the ousted FBI chief from talking to reporters.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Trump wrote. He concluded with a tweet calling the investigation into Russian interference in the election and his campaign’s possible involvement a “witch hunt,” asking, “when does it end?”
Trump raised the possibility of tapes in a strategic fashion to ensure that Comey told the truth, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Well, if that bolded bit is true then it either didn’t work (i.e. Comey lied to make Trump look bad) or Trump doesn’t understand that this is one case where “the truth” will not in fact “set him free.” Because what Comey told lawmakers was that Trump is a habitual liar and that he felt pressured (under threat of his job) to ease up on the investigation.
Either way, it seems like Trump’s “tapes” tweet was exactly what a lot of people suspected it might be: a bluff gone horribly awry.