In a day that felt like the superbowl for journalist everywhere, on Thursday morning, former FBI Director, James Comey gave his testimony on Capitol Hill.
Although the hearing did not result in the dramatic reveal that I had been hoping for, you know, the one where Trump is ripped from office and banned from Twitter forever (a girl can dream), it did however keep us on the edge of our seats as he brought several concerning matters to light.
1. Comey called Trump a liar
Although it’s not a huge shocker that Trump is not a man of integrity, Comey stated that the Trump administration had been spreading lies in regards to the reasons in which Comey was fired from his position. In fact, Comey stated that he had received several phone calls from the President prior to his public firing, acknowledging the great job he was doing- making his removal even more confusing and unexpected.
“And although the law required no reason at all to fire an FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. Those were lies, plain and simple, and I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them and I’m so sorry that the American people were told them.”
During an uncomfortable and inappropriate meeting in which Trump arranged to speak to Comey privately, the FBI Director decided to document their private conversation, in fear that Trump would lie about the nature of their interaction, something that he had not felt the need to do during previous presidencies.
“I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document.” said Comey.
2. Trump may have obstructed justice
During the private meeting in which Trump dismissed Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Jared Kushner from the Oval Office, leaving he and Comey alone, Trump allegedly requested for Comey to stop investigating the now former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who was later fired for covering up his interactions with Russia.
"He is a good guy and has been through a lot." said Trump. "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go."
During this meeting Trump also repeatedly asked Comey if he liked his job, making threatening statements about needing people to be loyal to him.
"I need loyalty, I expect loyalty." said Trump.
During the May 18th news conference, Trump explicitly denied the fact that he had not asked Comey to end his investigation, nor that there was any collusion between his campaign and Russia. Denying Comey’s allegations of their conversation, Trump claims that he has a recording of their conversation that were secretly tapped.
"Lordy, I hope there are tapes," said Comey, feeling confident in his statement.
3. Russia was DEFINITELY involved in the 2016 presidential election
“There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever. The Russians interfered in our election during the 2016 cycle. They did it with purpose. They did it with sophistication. They did it with overwhelming technical efforts. And it was an active-measures campaign driven from the top of that government. There is no fuzz on that.” said Comey.
#4 Comey leaked his own memos
Perhaps being the only downfall during Comey’s testimony, the former FBI Director openly admitted to leaking his own memos of his meetings with the President. Hoping that his leak would result in a special counsel, Comey gave his reports to close friend, Columbia Law Professor Dan Richman, to hand over to the media.
Not intending to be secretive, Comey stated that he would have walked outside and handed them to the press himself, but in his words, that would have been like “feeding the seagulls at the beach.”.
5. President Trump was never under investigation
Oddly enough, this is the main point our fearless leader wants us to understand the most. TRUMP WAS NOT UNDER INVESTIGATION. Which he had to confirm with Comey on three separate occasions, possibly because he couldn’t even believe it himself?
Following his usual form, Trump tweeted about Comey’s testimony early Friday morning.
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication...and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
Although claiming total vindication, Comey’s testimony did hurt Trumps credibility, raising questions to whether or not the President can be trusted.
Now lashing out, in a Rose Garden news conference Friday morning, Trump stated he would be willing to testify under oath about his conversations with Comey, denying that he ever asked to end the FBI’S investigation into Michael Flynn.
Although asked twice, Trump declined to confirm whether or not the tapes of his conversation with Comey actually exist
"I'll tell you about that sometime in the very near future," said Trump.