With former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony continuing to reverberate around the internet, Donald Trump—who mostly stayed out of the Twitter fray during the past few days—returned to his account Sunday morning to make a prediction. And to call Comey a coward.
I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very 'cowardly!'— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2017
That message is in response to Comey’s testimony in which he said Thursday that he had orchestrated information to be leaked to the New York Times.
During his testimony, Comey was asked by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) if he had shared with anybody the memos he had written to document his conversations with Trump about the president’s alleged request for Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia. Comey admitted he had told Daniel Richman, a Columbia Law School professor, to share Comey’s notes with the media.
The reason Comey said he did so because Trump had threatened to release “tapes” from their meetings.
“Lordy,” Comey said during his testimony, “I hope there are tapes.”
“The president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there are not tapes,” Comey told the senators. “I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday, because it did not dawn on me originally that there might be corroboration for our conversations, there might be a tape, and my judgment was, I needed to get that out into the public square.”
Now that Comey has admitted that he wanted the notes out in public, some Republicans have increased their ire on him, and Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s former campaign manager, called Comey part of the “deep state” and said he should be prosecuted if he leaked other material.
Meanwhile, Trump said Friday he would be willing testify under oath.
“One hundred percent,” Trump said.
As for those tapes Trump claims he has, Congressional investigators said they want them if they, in fact, exist.