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flo's avatar

Why wouldn't it be a given that the conversations between a President and the head of FBI gets taped since it's not personal conversation?

Asked by flo (9932points) 1 week ago

And why does Trump care if anyone else has a tape of it?
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/12/politics/donald-trump-james-comey-threat/

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

It is not a given . . . !

He (Trump) hopes it wasn’t !

zenvelo's avatar

It is not a “given” because then people would be reluctant to disclose things for fear it puts them in a prosecutable position. And a President would not want to record things because then he can be held accountable for his mistakes and poor judgment.

Patty_Melt's avatar

Tump isn’t scared. He insinuated that if there were tapes, Comey should worry.
Comey likely made some sort of threats behind closed doors.

LostInParadise's avatar

There is probably no tape. Even Trump would not be stupid enough to create a tape and then suggest that it exists. It could be potentially incriminating. Nixon got in trouble for the 18 minutes of his tape that got erased.

rojo's avatar

@Patty_Melt of the two of them I find it easier to believe that Trump would be the one making threats. It is his modus operandi and only negotiating “skill” in his limited repertoire.

@LostInParadise There “might” be tapes. Trump has a personality that would think that in the future the world should be privy to his actions and awed by his massive intellect. He would also view them as a tool to be used to threaten others when “negotiating”.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Ask Putin. He has digital recordings of everything.

(Oh wait. Never mind. Putin wouldn’t admit to having them. He knows how to handle Intel.)

flo's avatar

I know there is supposed to be transcript of the meetings of president and ..fill in the blank (I don’t know who’s excluded) What is the difference @zenvelo?

zenvelo's avatar

@flo Why would there be a transcript? There is no legal requirement to document a conversation.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

You all understand that there are SECRETS talked about with the President and they shouldn’t be recorded for general publication only “Eyes only”.

flo's avatar

@zenvelo Why can’t the President of America do all the things that dictators do?

zenvelo's avatar

@flo, because despite the desire by the current President for dictatorial powers, we are still a representative democracy, and power resides in the equal protection under the law.

flo's avatar

@zenvelo Was my last post a rhetorical question responding to your previous to last post?

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