The days leading up to former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before Congress were abuzz with rumors and anticipation. In fact, his testimony was described as “the Super Bowl of political events”.
For all the hype, though, Comey’s testimony was largely undramatic. After hearing the testimony, President Trump Tweeted that he felt, “total and complete vindication”. Indeed, even for the most aggressive of those calling for Trump’s impeachment, there wasn’t much of anything in Comey’s testimony for them to grab onto.
Nevertheless, there are still parts of Comey’s testimony that President Trump has taken issue with, and he is more than ready to refute under oath the former FBI director on these points.
For one, Trump has said that he never told Comey that he hoped he would drop the FBI’s investigation into former national security director Michael Flynn. Second, Comey’s statement on the so-called “loyalty pledge” was found to be largely exaggerated by the mainstream media.
Speaking on this point, Trump said, “I hardly know the man. I’m not going to say ‘I want you to pledge allegiance’.”
When asked whether he would be willing to refute these points in Comey’s testimony under oath before special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump said, “One-hundred percent.”
Interestingly enough, even if James Comey’s testimony is completely true, there are plenty of things within it that do not reflect well for the disgraced FBI director. When pressed about why he did not confront the president about the inappropriate remarks Comey alleges he made, his only response was that he had been overwhelmed and afraid.
Again, when pressured about why he did confront former Attorney General Loretta Lynch when she inappropriately instructed him on how to handle the Clinton email investigation, Comey’s response was the same. If true, these responses paint an image of a weak FBI director woefully unfit for the office he held.
Strike two for Comey took place when he revealed that he purposefully leaked sensitive information to the press. Though the American people have a right to information about their government and its proceedings, there is an appropriate way and a highly inappropriate way for this information to be released. James Comey chose the latter.
The third and most damning strike for James Comey is the fact that his latest testimony before Congress stands in direct contradiction to his previous testimony before Congress. In the congressional hearing on May 3rd, Comey was asked about whether or not the FBI had ever been asked to stop an investigation. Comey’s response was, “Not in my experience, because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something without an appropriate purpose.”
Yet a month later, Comey tells Sen. Marco Rubio that he took Trump’s comments about dropping the investigation into Michael Flynn – comments that had allegedly taken place before Comey’s May 3rd hearing – as a directive to stop the investigation. Either Comey lied under oath in saying that no one in the executive branch had ever directed the FBI to stop an investigation or he lied under oath in saying that Trump directed him to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn – one way or another, these statements cannot both be true.
Of course, the entire situation would certainly be made a lot clearer if President Trump does indeed have recordings of his conversations with Comey. At the moment, whether or not these recordings exist is still in flux. When asked about them, Trump said that he would inform the press whether or not there were tapes of their conversations shortly and said that, “you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer”.
Known for keeping things close to the vest until the time is right, Trump could very well be hanging on to the tapes until he is called to testify before Robert Mueller.
Tapes or no tapes, it is refreshing to see Trump’s eagerness to testify and set the record straight, and we’ll be looking forward to hearing what comes out of his testimony. If things aren’t looking good for James Comey before the president’s testimony, they certainly won’t be looking good afterward.
~ Conservative Zone