Donald Trump’s tells are pretty obvious by now—pretty much any malfeasance he accuses others of committing we can probably assume The Donald does it, too.
When Trump became obsessed with the false belief that former President Barack Obama had Trump Tower’s phones “tapped,” we could have safely concluded that it was actually Trump who was doing the tapping.
The president even alluded to his penchant for recording conversations when he publicly threatened former FBI Director James Comey on Twitter on Friday. “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations,” tough guy Trump warned.
While White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer refused to confirm whether or not Trump actually recorded conversations with the former FBI director, whom he fired on Tuesday, there is plenty of circumstantial evidence that suggests it is possible.
Several stories have emerged over the weekend about Trump and his secret recordings. The Washington Post reported on the firsthand experience of its reporters of being recorded by Trump in both telephone interviews and in person.
The story includes this particularly telling incident:
Last spring, when two Post reporters visited Trump in his office for another interview, Trump, in the middle of telling a story about how he demolished the Manhattan landmark that had stood where Trump Tower is now, asked his guests if they would like something to drink.
In the same quiet voice in which he’d been conducting the interview, Trump said, “Okay, two waters and a Coke.” The interview resumed and less than a minute later, a secretary walked in with the drinks.
The Wall Street Journal also reported on Friday night that it had interviewed three former high–level Trump organization employees who confirmed that Trump often recorded phone and office conversations from Trump Tower in New York over several decades.
The Journal noted:
Mr. Trump had one or more recording devices that he used to tape his phone calls from his office, the three people said. All are former high-level employees who worked for Mr. Trump over a span of three decades. They said they saw devices in use recording phone calls.
A fourth person said he knew that Mr. Trump had recorded a phone conversation with him because it was later entered into evidence in a lawsuit.
So, we’re all thinking the same thing. But the person who summed up our collective sentiment on Trump and his “wiretapping” best was none other than former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, whom Trump also fired last March.
Bam. Like shooting fish in a barrel.