“Lordy I hope there are tapes.” That was the comment famously said by former FBI Director James Comey when Trump asserted that he had tapes of their conversations that would prove he was telling the truth.
While there’s been no further evidence of these tapes existing, it turns out that Mueller does have some sort of tape in his possession, which was confirmed in a recent court filings.
Mueller indicted attorney Alex Van Der Zwaan awhile back and at first, we couldn’t see how he fit into the whole Trump-Russia probe. It turns out he lied to Mueller’s team in the beginning about some conversations he had with Rick Gates, Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman.
He has since pleaded guilty to lying and is now fully cooperating with Mueller. He has now turned over a tape of one of his calls with Gates, which doesn’t look good for anyone involved.
These court filings confirm Mueller has the tape of Gates confessing to Van Der Zwaan that Gates and Manafort were conspiring with the Russian government intel community during the 2016 election. Gates pleaded guilty soon after Van Der Zwaan. This was likely the final straw that pushed Gates into cooperating and cutting a deal.
(You can read the entire court filing here: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4424937-Sentencing-Memorandum.html)
Screen shot confirming the recording from the court filing:
This is just one tape, but given Robert Mueller’s ability to get his hands on this type of incriminating evidence at will, don’t be surprised if more surface.