President Trump is so unbothered by former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate today that he plans to live-tweet during his testimony.
Trump is scheduled to speak before a conference of religious conservatives around 12:30 p.m. Thursday — during Comey’s testimony. But he said he would live-tweet Comey’s testimony and he wished Comey good luck.
Comey will make his first appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee since being fired by Trump on May 9. Political analysts say Comey’s testimony will provide insight into why President Trump fired him — because Comey can’t be trusted.
Lawmakers question why Comey didn’t act immediately if he believed the president was trying to interfere with the FBI’s investigation of Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn’s alleged ties to Russia.
“‘If you knew, or you thought that there was obstruction of justice, why didn’t you act on it?'” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told CBS on Monday. “What were his concerns, and if there were deeper concerns, why wasn’t anything done at that time?”
According to an opening statement leaked by Comey to the media on Wednesday, he will stop short of saying President Trump pressured him to end the FBI investigation into the Russia thing.
In his statement Comey confirms that Trump asked him to “let go” of the investigation into Flynn’s Russia ties. Comey also confirmed that he assured the president he wasn’t under investigation in several separate meetings.
Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee will push Comey to say whether President Trump pressured him to end the investigation.
But, judging from Comey’s past performances in Senate hearings, he is expected to whine and dodge questions. You will hear him repeat “I’m not going to answer that,” or “Not to my knowledge,” or “I can’t talk about that.” In other words, as Hillary Clinton would say, Comey’s testimony today will be a big “nothing burger.”