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The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway and National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, both friends of Ricochet, disagreed last night on Special Report over President Trump’s tweets. They discussed Trump’s May 12 tweet, “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Mollie said, “James Comey had already been leaking to the New York Times, and he’d been presenting stories as if he was some hero of the conversations he had with Trump. That tweet actually got James Comey to admit that he did three times tell Donald Trump that he wasn’t under investigation. It got him to admit he had said Mike Flynn was a good guy when he was asked about it by the president. And it did get him to also admit that he had pledged his honest loyalty to Donald Trump, which was contrary to what he had said to the New York Times the day before that tweet.”
“It also got him a special prosecutor,” said Jonah.
“I think it’s naive to think that that would not have happened otherwise. James Comey was clearly laying the groundwork on a campaign through his leaking and it’s kind of re-writing history to say it’s otherwise.”
They also talked about Trump’s June 22 tweet, “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.”
Jonah said that it was “offensive” that Trump insinuated there might be recordings of the president that Trump doesn’t know about, because “there’s no evidence whatsoever that anyone was bugging or wiretapping the oval office or the president of the United States without his awareness.” Mollie pointed out that there have been numerous leaks of Trump’s private conversations, saying “You’ve had nothing but months of leaks from intelligence agencies about people affiliated with the Trump campaign or otherwise. It’s not insane at all to think there might be surveillance.”
Jonah ended by insisting, “leaking is not bugging!”