President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday to issue an ominous warning to ousted FBI Director James Comey in the wake of reports about a dinner the two had back in January that have been credited to associates of Comey.
“James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” he tweeted.
The president was likely referring to an article by the New York Times that cited two close Comey associates as the source for details about the dinner that differed from those offered by Trump. His remarks on Twitter suggest that Trump is willing to double down on the veracity of his account and paint Comey as a potential fabricator in the process.
For example, Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt during a Thursday interview that Comey had requested to meet with the president to express his desire to remain director of the FBI. Furthermore, Comey allegedly also confirmed that Trump was not under investigation.
According to the account put forth by the Times, though, it was Trump that invited Comey to dinner and asked him to pledge his loyalty to the administration. The shadowy sources also contended that Comey was wary about agreeing to sit down with the president but felt he had no other choice but to show up.
In a statement, Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders soundly refuted the claims.
“We don’t believe this to be an accurate account,” she said. “The integrity of our law enforcement agencies and their leadership is of the utmost importance to President Trump. He would never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty, only loyalty to our country and its great people.”