President Donald Trump admitted in a tweet, “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” This was regarding the recent firing of Former FBI Director James Comey, with who he did not end on good terms.
When White House Press Secretary was asked about these taped discussions, he said “The president has nothing further to add on that.”
Liberals are up in arms about these alleged recordings, and they are claiming that what President Trump did was illegal.
Like usual, they are making statements without getting their facts straight. It is actually completely legal in Washington D.C. and federally to record a conversation as long as one person in the party agrees to it. This is called, “one-party consent.”
In a conversation between Comey and President Trump, if President Trump was making the recording, he would have inherently given his consent.
This is not a violation of privacy and is actually one of the best ways for investigators to create information to be used in court.
“The idea is that, even inside your own home, when you divulge information to other individuals, you lose privacy,” Georgetown Law Professor Laura Donohue told Fox News. “And it’s not a violation of your privacy. So that information, for instance, could be used in court.” But the president is on far shakier ground when it comes to the probable probing of lawmakers – even those from his own party – who appear eager to subpoena such tapes should they exist. “If, in fact, there are such recordings, I think those recordings will be subpoenaed and I think they will probably have to turn them over,” Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Lee added: “You know, we know that there have been instances in the past in which other presidents have made recordings of conversations that have taken place at the White House. And as was made clear earlier in the show, it doesn’t always turn out well. It’s not necessarily the best idea.” The Trump “tapes”-gate has – to the dismay of Republicans – harkened back to a scandal involving another president to whom Trump is often compared by his detractors: Richard Nixon.
Nixon secretly taped thousands of hours of phone calls and conversations, a portion of which were subpoenaed during the Watergate hearings and helped to sink Nixon’s presidency by, in the opinion of the special prosecutor, showing Nixon conspired to obstruct justice. Nixon was not the first – or last president – to employ taping, but it appears he was the most extensive practitioner, and, indeed, his recordings have had the most historical impact. Also important is that Trump quoted the word “tapes” in his tweet. The president and his staff have argued on multiple occasions that the use of quotes can signal a different meaning of the quoted word than its literal connotation. For instance, after Trump sparked a fire storm by claiming former President Barack Obama had his “wires tapped,” Spicer explained: “The President used the word ‘wiretaps’ in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.”