James Comey exclaims you can’t trust Donald Trump to tell the truth. I watched his testimony and thought Comey looked, well…Presidential. The man was ultimately prepared–don’t think he ever had to look at notes–and he handled himself extremely well as the professional he is. He seemed to have the respect of most of this bi-partisan Senate panel, except for Arizona’s John McCain who veered off on inane questions re. Hillary Clinton’s emails. The outset of the hearing is the fact that it will take the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, to get to the bottom of all this.
Although Comey would not say if he felt Trump had obstructed justice, he did have the following to say…
“I know I was fired because something about the way I was conducting the Russia investigation was putting pressure on [Trump],’’ Comey said.
James Comey is a former federal prosecutor and knows the way witnesses react to save their butts in statements and testimony and said…
“…that he took detailed notes of his private talks with the president — a departure from his practice with Trump’s predecessor, President Barack Obama. Comey said he did so because he was ‘honestly concerned’ that the president might lie about what had been said in their meeting. He said the two spoke in private a total of nine times before Comey was fired, he said.”
Folks, this is the President of the United States that Comey is talking about lying. What does this tell the other countries of the world? If a top U.S. government official thinks Donald Trump is a liar, what might Angela Merkel of Germany think of her dealings with Trump? Or the other nations out there. To me, it sounded like Comey made it clear that, although Trump prefaced his comments to the FBI Director with “I hope,” Comey took it as pressure to do what was asked of him. This from the President’s comments, “I expect loyalty, I need loyalty.”
For once, or, at least, not yet. Donald Trump has not used Twitter to vent his unbalanced reactions. He let his attorney do it and the following is interesting…
“The President likewise never pressured Mr. Comey. The President also never told Mr. Comey, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty’ in form or substance.”
Here’s the “incoherent” questioning of Comey by Arizona’s Republican Senator, John McCain:
The interesting part comes from the fact that James Comey has said he fully welcomes any tapes that might have been recorded of the conversations between the two men, and this isn’t likely unless he expects them to prove him right. Trump also says he welcomes the tapes, but then this con man is known for his bluffs to get what he wants. Comey, on the other hand, has proven himself a reputable member of government service who tells it like it is. So, what’s missing in all this? As James Comey said in his testimony several times, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller must now put all the pieces together. And James Comey has no doubt that he can get the job done.