Oh lordy, here we go.
In a joint press conference on Friday with the president of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, Trump finally responded to the comments James Comey made during his Thursday Senate hearing about “the tapes.”
And hooooo boy, were they good.
Trump unleashed a bottled-up Comey rant, claiming that several accusations the former FBI director made under oath were completely false, and giving additional info surrounding these mysterious (and potentially non-existent) tapes.
In case you’ve been actively avoiding politics for the week, “the tapes” to which we’re referring come from a Trump tweet back in May. Days after firing the FBI director, Trump said Comey better hope there are no “tapes” of their conversations, alluding to the fact that they would reflect poorly on Comey.
When the former FBI director testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday, he brought up the tapes, saying very bluntly, “Look, I’ve seen the tweet about tapes. Lordy, I hope there are tapes.”
On Friday, Trump kicked off questions by denying he requested the Flynn investigation be let go. “I didn’t say that — I mean, I will tell you I didn’t say that. And there’d be nothing wrong if I did say it according to everybody that I’ve read today. I did not say that,” he asserted.
If you ever play poker with Trump and you suggest he’s bluffing and then he asks, “Who would do that?” … go all in.
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) June 9, 2017
Trump then denied ever asking Comey to pledge his “loyalty,” explaining, “No I didn’t say that and I didn’t say the other.” Like Comey, the president even said he’d be 100 percent willing to give his account of what happened under oath.
There has never been anyone more vulnerable to the perjury trap. Lordy, get him under oath.
— Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) June 9, 2017
Trump in 2014: “If I decide to run for office, I’ll produce my tax returns, absolutely.”
Trump today: 100% willing to testify under oath.
— Stuart Rothenberg (@StuPolitics) June 9, 2017
Great. Great. So someone is definitely, positively still lying. Ah-may-zing!
In regard to the tapes, which Trump appeared to hint do in fact exist, the president gave the vaguest of vague responses. “I’m not hinting anything, I’ll tell you about it over a very short period of time.” Oh wait. When was that, Trump? “Over a very short period of time.”
“I’ll tell you about it over a very short period of time,” Trump says, dangling threat of tapes. “You’re going to be very disappointed.”
— Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) June 9, 2017
Though Trump remained silent on Twitter during Comey’s hearing, he sent out a single tweet in response on Friday morning. He utilized his 140 character limit to call out Comey for “false statements and lies,” while dubbing him a “leaker” and announcing he feels vindicated.
Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2017
Yeeesh. What even is truth anymore? … Just something to ponder while we all wait for “a very short period of time” to arrive.