Moments after the New York Times reported that the FBI has a recording of Donald Trump and his longtime "fixer" Michael Cohen discussing a "hush money" payout to a Playboy model, Twitter went into a virtual meltdown over the news.
"Lordy, there were tapes," Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith tweeted, echoing former FBI director James Comey's famous line during his congressional testimony about his firing by Trump last year.
Lordy, there were tapes https://t.co/5PLKCdU0rt— Evan Smith (@Evan Smith) 1532101387.0
"Look at Michael Cohen –– he kept those receipts," journalist Alex Morash noted. "Too bad for him that the FBI got the tapes in a raid so he can't bargain with them."
Look at Michael Cohen –– he kept those receipts. Too bad for him that the FBI got the tapes in a raid so he can't b… https://t.co/4ZUsikaXNw— Alex Morash (@Alex Morash) 1532102153.0
The Twitter account for Merriam-Webster dictionaries, meanwhile, trolled another part of the Times' bombshell report in which former NYC mayor and current Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani confirmed the existence of the tape before claiming it's "powerful exculpatory evidence."
"Something 'exculpatory' tends to clear from alleged fault or guilt," the dictionary's account tweeted.
📈Something 'exculpatory' tends to clear from alleged fault or guilt. https://t.co/2sq9i0b1JQ— Merriam-Webster (@Merriam-Webster) 1532102596.0
Check out more responses below:
You're all about to be reminded that recordings where Trump admits to his crimes don't actually cause any accountab… https://t.co/7DXnpecuWF— Anil Dash (@Anil Dash) 1532102019.0
https://t.co/0dOEqZIlHi— take care of yourself (@take care of yourself) 1532102048.0
Also, Giuliani, my goodness. https://t.co/OsvCMefNT4— Jane Coaston (@Jane Coaston) 1532101635.0
Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. https://t.co/0CPpMCn79f— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1532101563.0
Shot: “Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes’.” https://t.co/HRamf6HY5n 👇 Chaser: “Cohen secretly taped Trump.”… https://t.co/hPMQIRzkUe— Colin Kahl (@Colin Kahl) 1532102802.0