President Donald Trump just issued a veiled threat to ousted FBI director James Comey on his personal Twitter account.
In a top-of-the-morning Twitter tirade, Trump greeted his 29 million followers with a slew of seven tweets sent over the span of roughly an hour. While his missive was mostly directed at the “fake” news media, Trump sent a particularly cryptic tweet that hinted at retribution in James Comey’s future if private conversations between the two men surfaced.
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 he didn’t immediately clarify what he meant, Trump may be referring to the second paragraph of the letter he wrote to Comey upon firing him, in which he exonerated himself from the FBI’s ongoing probe of the Trump campaign’s alleged pattern of communication with Russian intelligence operatives during the 2016 election cycle.
“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nonetheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Trump wrote at the time.
Sources close to the former FBI director told the Wall Street Journal that the President’s claims that Comey personally told him that he wasn’t under investigation were “farcical,” as doing so would have violated official FBI policy for employees to not comment on official investigations, particularly to the person being investigated.
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.