Comey can’t be “a leaker” if what he “leaked” didn’t happen: The illogic of claiming a recollection was false and was also leaked.
President Donald J. Trump has proven himself time and again to be no stranger to logical inconsistency.
Case in point: His statement on June 9, 2017 that former FBI Director James Comey “is a leaker” conflicts directly with Trump’s concomitant allegation that what was allegedly leaked was in fact “false statements and lies”.
The basic question that should be asked here is “How can anyone leak something that wasn’t said?” Trump claims that things that weren’t said were in fact leaked. Isn’t that impossible?
If Trump wants to claim that Comey lied about the contents of their private discussion, then logically Trump cannot also claim that said lies were leaked when Comey arranged to share his notes of their conversation with the press. If they are lies, they didn’t happen. And what didn’t happen can’t be leaked. Therefore Trump cannot have it both ways. Comey’s statements must have been true to have been leaked.
So which is it, Mr. President? Did Comey lie, or did he leak? It can’t be both.
By and large, the mainstream media skipped mention of this inconsistency. Nevertheless, it lurks ominously in the foreground of thought.
Here’s a mini-timeline of relevant events leading up to Trump’s internally inconsistent statement about leaking.
January 27, 2017: Trump invites Comey to dinner and asks for “loyalty.”
February 14, 2017: Trump invites Comey to White House and privately tells Comey he hopes Comey can see to it to go easy on former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the subject of a criminal investigation.
May 9, 2017: Comey is summarily fired with no advanced notice.
June 9, 2017: Trump tweets “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication…and WOW, Comey is a leaker” and repeats the allegation of leaking the same day during a speech in the Rose Garden with the Romanian president.