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Trump tweet-warns Comey 'before he starts leaking'

Commentary: The president suggests there might be "tapes" of his conversations with the FBI director.

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A warning? A threat?

Alexander Shcherbak/TASS

Friday morning dawned like any other.

Save, perhaps, for the fact that the president was unusually active on Twitter.

After again insisting that the Trump-Russia story was just another Democratic Party fabrication and that his surrogates couldn't possibly speak with "perfect accuracy" because he's such an active president, he turned his attention to James Comey.

It appears that the president fears the former FBI director, whom Trump fired on Tuesday, might begin to tell his side of the story.

"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" tweeted Trump.

An FBI spokesman told me: "We have no comment." The White House didn't respond to a request for comment.

While the FBI awaits the appointment of a new director to help guide its investigations, including an examination of possible Moscow-induced meddling and hacking, Trump has dabbled in matters of hacking prevention. On Thursday, he signed an executive order on cybersecurity that in part addresses, in the words of a Trump adviser, the need to establish "rules of the road for proper behavior on the internet."

Meanwhile, some details surrounding the president's firing of Comey have already begun to seep out, though as is so often true it seems to be a case of he said, the other he said.

The president has been concerned about leaks for some time. Some media have described the number of leaks coming from the government itself to be alarming.

The mere sight, though, of the president appearing to warn -- or, as some might see it, threaten -- the former FBI director on the public forum of Twitter is surely a first.

Update, 2.37 p.m. PT: Adds response from the FBI.

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