Most people who know me are likely aware of my philosophy when it comes to dealing with shady, unethical, and/or incompetent individuals. That is, there’s no need to exaggerate or do much of anything to prove how awful they are other than to sit back and let them prove it themselves. At some point, these types of people will almost always screw themselves over because they are shady, unethical, and usually incompetent.
For example, Donald Trump and comments he made on Friday in response to James Comey’s testimony that I believe have now backed him into a corner that could very well lead to the downfall of his “presidency.”
“I didn’t say that,” Trump stated, denying he told Comey to back off the investigation into Michael Flynn. “I will tell you, I didn’t say that. And there would be nothing wrong if I did say it, according to everybody that I have read today. But I did not say that.”
He also denied asking Comey to pledge loyalty and that he would “100 percent” testify under oath about his conversations with Comey.
But, wait a minute, didn’t Trump send out a rather blatant threat directed at Comey on Twitter suggesting that he might have recorded their conversations? That’s right, he did:
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
So, based on Trump’s comments Friday, along with this tweet, that can only mean one of two things:
- Trump did, in fact, record his conversations with Comey, which makes proving his supposed “innocence” quite easy for him to do. – or –
- When he sent that tweet out he was lying, which proves Comey right when he said Trump isn’t someone who can be trusted, and was clearly trying to intimidate Comey from speaking out about what was said during their private meetings.
Going even further, Trump’s now on record as saying he’s willing to testify about what he said to Comey under oath. So he’s either going to need to do just that, or make up some sort of absurd excuse to avoid doing so, making him look as if he’s scared of possibly getting busted committing perjury.
After all, Comey didn’t hesitate to go in front of Congress and make his statements under oath. So if Comey is, in fact, a liar, then Trump shouldn’t have any problem doing the exact same thing. At the end of the day, only one of these two men will have told the truth, while the other would have committed the crime of perjury.
Ultimately, all Trump did Friday was screw himself over — “bigly.”
Now his only real options are:
- Produce these tapes of the conversations with Comey he threatened to have (yet administration officials have mostly avoided addressing) which could prove the former FBI director lied about what the two men discussed.
- Admit that they don’t exist, proving that he was trying to threaten and intimidate Comey into not speaking out publicly when he sent that tweet. Which would support the former FBI director’s claim that Trump isn’t someone who’s honest or trustworthy.
- Continue to claim that Comey lied, while doing his best to avoid having to actually testify under oath, which would only make him look even more guilty.
- Make excuses as to why he’ll refuse to release the likely non-existent tapes, almost certainly forcing Congress to take matters into their own hands, which would result in him having to release them if they exist or finally admit he lied when he threatened Comey on Twitter — again, which makes him look even more guilty.
Keep in mind that if Trump does ever testify, and lies like he almost always does, that’s perjury, which is one of the reasons why Republicans impeached Bill Clinton. The other being obstruction of justice, another possible charge Trump could be facing. Though the circumstances for Trump are far more severe because his possible attempt to obstruct justice, and hypothetical perjury if he were to testify and lie under oath, would be linked to his repeated attempts to scuttle, or influence in his favor, active investigations into his campaign and whether or not treason might have occurred during last year’s election.
The only way this turns out well for Trump is if — to the amazement of probably everyone reading this — he’s the one telling the truth, nearly everything Comey said was a lie, he has the tapes to prove what he said to the former FBI director, and he testifies under oath about everything.
Watch his comments below via NBC News: