One of the things that one learns about lying is that it is the little lies that get you caught. If you are trying to lie your way out of trouble, the best strategy is to talk as little as possible. Put out the big lie that matters and then shut up. It is when you try to add to it in the effort to create added verisimilitude that you trip yourself up and fall flat on your face.
Donald Trump’s problem is that he loves to talk (and Tweet) and this creates more problems. The latest is his threat to fired FBI director James Comey that he may have tapes that support his version of the conversations he had with Comey. Clearly that was meant to intimidate Comey into not contradicting him.
But what that comment has done is focus attention on whether he has a system in place to surreptitiously record conversations that he has with people. If so, then investigators can subpoena those recordings, forcing him to either deny their existence or have their contents revealed. Recall that it was the tapes and what they contained and what had been erased that largely led to president Nixon’s downfall.
Seth Meyers sums up this week’s Trump chaos.