Donald Trump just can’t help himself. He has to tweet. But then his tweets get him in trouble — like Richard Nixon-level trouble.
Trump started Friday off with a tweetstorm that included this threat-like tweet directed at fired FBI director James Comey. That opened a whole new can of worms, specifically whether Trump secretly records things in the White House.
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
This of course was brought up at Friday’s press briefing, which saw the return of Sean Spicer, after he took a few days off from hiding "among" the bushes. Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason asked first about the president recording the Comey conversation, but followed up with the logical query, "Are there recording devices in the Oval Office or in the residence?"
Spicer responded: "The president has nothing further to add on that."
"Did Pres. Trump record his conversations with former FBI Director Comey?"
Spicer: "…the president has nothing further to add on that." pic.twitter.com/uJgzoNGCV7
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 12, 2017
It was the denial heard round the Twitterverse, which was reminded yet again of a certain previous president who got mixed up in secret recordings back in the 1970s. Nixon wasn’t the first president to record conversations in the White House, but the tapes were integral to his impeachment in the wake of Watergate.
If there is a secret WH recording system it would be Trump reviving a 6-president-long program that ended w Nixon https://t.co/L6SztSKOim pic.twitter.com/NEvqqTSaG7
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) May 12, 2017
Others ran with the dark humor and scary similarities to history based on the newly-feasible possibility of secret recordings from Trump’s White House.
Even WikiLeaks wants in on the secret "tapes," which gives us a weird look at how the Nixon scandal may have played out had it happened in the age of social media and the internet.
Trump’s initial tweet about the Comey "tapes" was just missing the #FlashbackFriday hashtag to give it that Nixonian flavor.