Last Friday, President Trump had a Twitter meltdown of epic proportions (as he does), which included a tweet about former FBI Director James Comey, who he fired last week. ICYMI, Trump cryptically said that Comey, "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"
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
While it's still unclear whether Trump was actually admitting to taping conversations with Comey (which, as the New York Times reports, he has previously been suspected of doing in business), or if he was simply trying to make a rhetorical point, but Congress has been trying since last Friday to get their hands on the 'tapes' - assuming any exist.
It doesn't help that ever since Trump's tweet, the White House has refused to provide any additional information regarding the possible existence of recordings of conversations between Comey and Trump. According to USA Today, Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused to even discuss them on Monday after multiple questions from reporters, saying, "I think I made it clear last week that the president has nothing further on that."
Aside from his tweet, the president has been equally vague on the matter. "Well, that I can't talk about,"USA Today says he told Fox News over the weekend. "I won't talk about that. All I want is for Comey to be honest and I hope he will be and I'm sure he will be, I hope."
Meanwhile, Congress is considering issuing a subpoena for the alleged tapes - which would hold Trump legally accountable for not turning them over. While a subpoena is how Congress obtained documents related to former national security advisor Michael Flynn's relationship with Russia, the Washington Post reports that even Democrats are seemingly less likely to make such an aggressive move toward the president.
If Trump was indeed recording conversations, he would be the first president in over 40 years to use such a tactic - recordings of White House conversations were ultimately what caused President Nixon to resign during Watergate, and Trump's move would be an unprecedented one since the Watergate scandal.