Did Trump just threaten James Comey? | His tweets seem to reveal otherwise

by Itunuoluwa Adebo

President Trump issued a thinly veiled threat Friday to fired director James Comey, an interesting development in the ongoing feud between the President and agencies investigating alleged ties between his campaign and Russia.

“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press,” the President tweeted.

Trump was the crux of comparisons earlier this week to President Richard Nixon and the removal of the special prosecutor investigating Watergate crimes in 1973. The Watergate scandal accelerated drastically when it was revealed Nixon taped conversations in the White House. Trump didn’t provide further details Friday on whether he was taping conversations.

Soon after tweeting about Comey, Trump called out former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who testified before the Senate earlier this week that he was not aware of any evidence demonstrating collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

“When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?” Trump tweeted.

Clapper, however, qualified his remarks by saying he had been unaware of an FBI investigation into the matter until Comey announced it to the public at a House hearing in March. And it’s unclear how much Clapper would know about developments in the investigation after he left office earlier this year.

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