Fired FBI Director James Comey sent shockwaves through Washington yesterday when the Senate Intelligence Committee released his written opening statement for today’s hearing a day early. In the statement, Comey describes in detail President Trump’s efforts to influence the FBI’s investigation into his 2016 campaign — efforts which legal experts describe as obstruction of justice.
Today, Comey told the committee that, while he stood by every detail of those remarks, he submitted them into the Senate record and would not read them aloud. Instead, he spoke about his final days at the FBI and leveled new accusations at the President of the United States. (Video below.)
“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 in its leader,” Comey told the committee.
“Those were lies plain and simple,” he continued. “And I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them, and I’m so sorry the American people were told them.”
While, from a legal standpoint, this accusation is nowhere near as damning as the charges of obstruction of justice or colluding with a hostile foreign power to win an election, it paints a clearer picture of a man all too eager to malign public servants for the slightest gains.
Comey’s testimony is already shedding new light on what increasingly appears to be the most corrupt presidency in U.S. history.
And it’s just getting started.
Big opening statement.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 8, 2017