Friday's airing of "Special Report With Bret Baier" saw Charles Krauthammer call President Donald Trump more mafioso thug than president.
Referencing Trump's Friday tweet that read, "James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Krauthammer said, "All of a sudden you’re raising something nobody had imagined and saying 'You better watch out.' That’s un-presidential, which is kind of a nice way of saying that that sounds more like a mafia boss than the president of a free republic.”
Trump told NBC News’ Lester Holt on Thursday that he outright asked Comey if he was under investigation.
"I said, 'If it’s possible would you let me know, am I under investigation?'" Trump told Holt. "He said, 'You are not under investigation,'" and added that Comey told him two more times that he was not under any federal investigation.
After Trump sent his tweet on Friday, many wondered whether or not purported conversations between Trump and Comey were, in fact, recorded.
Despite the tenor of Trump's tweet, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer during his Friday press briefing, said that the president's comment was "not a threat" and that the tweet "speaks for itself." Spicer neither confirmed nor denied the existence of any such tapes between Trump and Comey.
"Now we have another new rabbit to chase down another hole," Krauthammer told Baier, referencing the allegations that Comey may possess recorded conversations between him and the president. "This is ... self-inflicted. When you hear Spicer say 'This isn't a threat,' I mean, what is it?"
Krauthammer continued, calling the president's tweet "unnecessary."
"People say, 'Well, what people like about Trump is that he's unconventional,'" he said. "Well, 'unconventional' means 'stepped outside the bounds of behavior which 44 individuals have tried to stay within, starting with George Washington, who tried to set an example of a certain rectitude and dignity, and to try to talk like, 'Well you better watch out, or you might get whacked by tapes' ... this is self-inflicted and unnecessary."
"I agree there was total grounds for getting rid of Comey," Krauthammer countered. "There was something on both sides of the aisle for the mistakes he made, and perhaps his unfitness for the job. But that would have made it relatively easy to get rid of him in a way that would've not stirred up this kind of firestorm, and then when it looks like it's starting to dab down, to start up with 'You better watch out something might happen to you.'"
See the full exchange in the video below.