Jun 12, 2017

Secret Service says it doesn't have Trump tapes

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The Secret Service does not possess any tapes or transcripts of tapes recorded by President Trump, according to the agency's response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from the Wall St Journal.

Why they asked the Secret Service: They maintained prior recording systems in the White House, perhaps most infamously the Oval Office equipment used by Richard Nixon.

Worth considering: Assuming the tapes exist, they'd likely fall under the Presidential Records Act. But the National Archives told the WSJ that presidential records of any current administration can't be obtained by a FOIA request while a president is still in office.

What's next: Trump has said he'll make an announcement soon about whether he taped conversations with James Comey, and Sean Spicer echoed that pledge in Monday's briefing.

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Why it matters: Biden in the address will seek to draw a sharp contrast between himself and Trump, whose first remarks addressing nationwide unrest Monday highlighted law and order, extreme demonstrations of militarized “strength” and other blustery threats.

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Disgruntled Facebook employees, upset for days over the company's decision not to take down what they saw as calls for violence from President Trump, made their grievances public on Monday, with reportedly hundreds of workers staging a virtual walkout.

Why it matters: Facebook staffers have pushed back against controversial management choices in the past, but they've never before made public their dissent en masse. The protest suggests that the company — already battered by privacy scandals and political tensions — could be beginning to lose at least some of its workforce's trust.