GOPer: Comey Testimony Shows There's No Obstruction Case Against Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 22:02
Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in before testifing before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on Thursday. But he declined to offer an opinion on whether it met such a threshold.
He also seized on parts of Comey's testimony where the former FBI director said Trump asked him during a February meeting at the White House to " see your way clear to letting. go" the investigation into Flynn.
Still, there's no doubt the veteran lawman made for a challenging adversary.
It turns out that we have Bill Clinton to thank for Donald Trump's presidency, since Comey revealed that it was Bill's tarmac meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch that led him to publicly disclose his reopening of the investigation into Hillary's emails. "I was sacked in some way to change, or the endeavor was to change, the way the Russian Federation investigation was being conducted".
He said he would be glad if tapes and memos of their conversations are released to establish the truth.
"It confused me when I saw the president on TV saying he actually fired me because of the Russian investigation", Comey testified.
Republicans mindful of the gravity of the moment worked feverishly to lessen any damage from the hearing.
"Yes", Comey responded. "It rings in my ears as kind of, 'Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?' " a reference to King Henry II musing about the trouble that Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket was causing him.
Mr Trump later admitted that the Russian Federation investigation was part of his reasoning.
Kasowitz said the president feels "vindicated" by Comey's statement that Trump was not under investigation, and is ready to move forward with his agenda for the country.
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) told reporters Thursday afternoon that it wasn't just Trump's comments that qualified as obstruction, but rather that Trump went on to fire Comey.
At any rate, we watched Comey's testimony and couldn't help but think: "Dang, I want that culturally relevant phrase on a shirt". "Now I didn't obey that, but that's the way I took it".
During a 6 January meeting, Mr Comey informed President-elect Trump he wasn't the subject of a "counter-intelligence" investigation, which he said tends to look at whether Americans were "witting or unwitting agents" of foreign powers. "But I don't think it fundamentally changes the view Comey expressed that he took it as a direction".
The friend is Columbia Law School Professor Daniel Richman, who shared the Comey materials with the New York Times in order to get it out as Comey said, in the "public square".
Comey said he wanted his version out after Trump - who fired Comey on May 9 - said in a May 12 Twitter post that Comey had better hope there are no tapes.
"I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it really important to document", Comey said.
We got an on-the-record confirmation by Comey that Trump had indeed asked for his loyalty - something that was promptly disputed by a source who spoke off the record to the Associated Press. Instead, Kasowitz pushed back and the president remained conspicuously silent on Twitter during the hearing despite expectations he might respond. And in a legal sense, you could say that he did.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) drove that point home with a question directed at Comey during the hearing. "Maybe if I were stronger I would have".
"I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night, because it didn't dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation, there might be a tape", Comey said.
The president's lawyer has made his statement - now all of Washington waits for the inevitable presidential tweet-storm.