Donald Trump, in recent weeks, has vaguely threatened former FBI Director James Comey by suggesting that there were tapes of their conversation and he would out Comey as a liar by releasing them. Of course, it’s complete garbage, as it was nothing but a bully tactic to try and intimidate Comey into amending his testimony to better suite Trump’s dishonest narrative.
According to a new interview with a former Trump associate, this is far from the first time Trump has used the threat of taped conversations to try and intimidate his foes. Trump Biographer Tim O’Brien was sued by Trump in 2005 over his book, for suggesting that Trump was worth only $250 million, but O’Brien turned the tables on Trump by cornering him in a deposition for making at least 30 false statements.
“His loose association with the truth becomes problematic when he’s confronted with documents,” O’Brien said to CNN host Brian Stelter. “We’ve had decades now of Trump frequently lying or exaggerating about a wide range of things.”
O’Brien went on to point out that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has tons of tools at his disposal to help Trump investigators, including subpoena power, financial records access and a law enforcement community that is “deeply disturbed” by the president’s direction.
In regards to the “tapes” that Trump keeps referencing, there was a disturbing revelation by O’Brien during the interview.
“He’s said this over the years to reporters when they go into the Trump organization, ‘I just want to let you know that I’m taping you right now,’” O’Brien pointed out. “And he said it multiple times during my interviews with him. He said that into my own tape recorder when I recorded our interviews.”
“But when he sat down for the deposition, my attorney said, ‘Mr. Trump, do you have a taping system?’” he recalled. “And he said no. And [my attorney] said, ‘Why did you say this to Mr. O’Brien.’ And he essentially said, ‘I wanted to intimidate him.’”
There you have it. Our President has a history of lying about taping conversations to bully his enemies into changing their stories. What a guy.