On Friday morning, President Trump threatened former FBI Director James Comey and implied that he has been secretly recording conversations. He posted the following tweet, saying that Comey should not speak to the press because there might be “tapes” of their meetings.
‘James 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
The President’s tweet about Comey has received a series of — mostly — negative reactions. One of the best responses, though, came from someone else that Trump has abruptly fired: Preet Bharara.
Bharara, a former U.S. attorney who was appointed by President Obama, was fired by President Trump earlier this year. Bharara’s dismissal came even after he was promised by the President that he would be allowed to retain his position.
Naturally, Bharara doesn’t exactly have warm feelings towards the President. He tweeted the following about Trump’s threatening tweet on Saturday afternoon.
‘So apparently @realDonaldTrump DID have his “wires tapped” in Trump Tower. Case closed.’
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) May 13, 2017
Bharara also included a link to a Wall Street Journal article that said many high-level former Trump Organization employees had reported seeing him recording phone conversations.
One of the former employees is quoted in the article saying:
‘He recorded virtually everything in the office. I know many of my conversations when I called him were recorded before and after I was working there.’
On top of sharing the article, Bharara has also been vocal about the President’s decision to fire Comey. On Tuesday morning, he shared a tweet from Senator Richard Burr, who said that he was “troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey’s termination.”
Along with the retweet, Bharara included his own message, saying that “EVERYONE” should be troubled by the FBI Director’s dismissal.
‘EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be “troubled by the timing and reasoning” of Comey firing. Period.’
EVERYONE who cares about independence & rule of law in America should be "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of Comey firing. Period. https://t.co/nAFX0OnuvH
— Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) May 10, 2017
Trump himself has yet to say anything either confirming or denying the existence of the tapes.
In an interview with Fox News on Friday, when asked if there are tapes, Trump merely said, “That I can’t talk about. I won’t talk about that.”
Meanwhile, press secretary Sean Spicer also responded to questions from reporters about Trump’s tweet, saying that Trump was “simply stating a fact” and that the tweet “speaks for itself.”
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