Comey's remarks before the Senate

  • 8 June 2017
  • NormanL
Comey's remarks before the Senate

Former FBI director James Comey's opening remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee were posted online, and you can read them in their entirety here.

A few takeaways...

1. Comey says -- three times -- that President Trump was not under FBI investigation. 

2. Comey's remarks confirm the New York Times story that Trump asked him to “see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go." Comey says he never told Trump he would let the investigation into former NSC director Mike Flynn go. 

3. Trump, like Comey, was very concerned about leaks, an issue that recently grabbed national headlines with the arrest of NSA contractor Reality Leigh Winner.

4. It appears as though Democrats have overplayed their hand on the issue.

That's not to say that further testimony won't dredge up other matters not covered in Comey's remarks. That is always a possibility and cannot be dismissed. However, the early look at this shows a president demanding loyalty of a subordinate, cutting corners to discuss matters with that subordinate, and worrying more about leaks and the "cloud" of the Russia influence investigation.

There's no smoking gun here. But we will wait, and we will watch, as this political play unfolds.