Peak media mouth-froth
Former FBI Director James Comey will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee today, discussing his interactions with President Trump.
Wednesday, Comey released the transcript of his opening remarks detailing his interactions with President Trump. His statement confirmed what we’ve been saying here at LI — the political media mouth frothing is all for naught. Trump does not come out unscathed, in fact, his impropriety is brought front and center, but there’s certainly no smoking gun here. At least not based on anything we’ve seen thus far.
It’s also apparent no one has any clue what “Obstruction of Justice” entails beyond what they wish it to mean. But the media is so invested in the Comey/Russia/Trump storyline, even major networks like NBC and CBS have canceled regular broadcasting in order to air the hearing live.
Everyone hears what they want to hear:
— Mark Berman (@markberman) June 8, 2017
The tale of 2 different networks, told in 2 chyrons pic.twitter.com/87fLfSo0UI
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 8, 2017
Bank on this line in Comey’s opening remarks being the main media takeaway:
“Those were lies, plain and simple” Comey on Trump’s defamation of the FBI. Wow.
— John Schindler (@20committee) June 8, 2017
Passing the obstruction buck:
Comey: It’s “not for me to say” whether the conversation I had with the President was an effort to obstruct justice https://t.co/peztHrFxqV
— CNN (@CNN) June 8, 2017
In case you still thought there was a shred of purity in the system:
Comey says Loretta Lynch “directed me not to call [the Clinton email probe] an ‘investigation'”
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) June 8, 2017
Someone’s not happy about getting canned:
Comey has now used “lie” twice.
1. Referring to WH defaming him and the FBI: “those were lies”:
2. His concern POTUS might “lie” about mtg
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) June 8, 2017
Media malfeasance is the only smoking gun to come out of this hearing:
From The Hill:
CNN issues correction after Comey statement contradicts reporting:
CNN has corrected a Tuesday report after the release of former FBI Director James Comey’s opening statement for his Thursday testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee contradicted the report’s sources.
The CNN report said Comey was expected to dispute President Trump’s claims that Comey said he was not under investigation on multiple occasions.
The report, titled “Comey expected to refute Trump,” was based on unnamed sources and said Comey’s conversations with the president “were much more nuanced,” and that Trump drew the wrong conclusion.
The story was complied by four CNN journalists, including Gloria Borger, Eric Lichtblau, Jake Tapper and Brian Rokus.
Borger reiterated the report’s claims in an appearance on CNN on Tuesday.
“Comey is going to dispute the president on this point if he’s asked about it by senators, and we have to assume that he will be,” said Borger, the network’s chief political analyst. “He will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so.”
Comey’s opening statement did, however, mention asserting that Trump was not under investigation; however, the statement failed to specify whether Trump was not under criminal investigation, only saying there was no counterintelligence investigation on the president.
And then there’s this one. Under oath, Comey confirmed the New York Times story about the alleged Trump/Russia collusion was inaccurate.
From the Washington Examiner:
James Comey testifies that a New York Times report on Trump campaign collusion with Russia is ‘false’
The New York Times got it wrong when it reported this year that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election, former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey testified Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The New York Times story, “Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence,” was published on Feb. 14.
The story, which was anonymously sourced, alleged that members of Trump’s campaign team communicated with Russian agents at around the same time that hackers published personal emails stolen from Democratic National Committee staffers and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.
However, Comey flatly disputed all of that.
“That report by the New York Times was not true. Is that a fair statement?” Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, asked.
“In the main, it was not true,” Comey replied. “The challenge, and I’m not picking on reporters, about writing on classified information is: The people talking about it often don’t really know what’s going on, and those of us who actually know what’s going on are not talking about it.”
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