At long last, James Comey, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, testified in public regarding the connections between the Trump campaign/administration and the Russian government. He also directly addressed Trump’s tweets two weeks ago accusing President Obama of directly ordering wiretapping of both him and his campaign, before and after the “sacred election.” In case you are one of the two dozen people in the world who haven’t heard of these tweets, they are provided below for you:
In sworn testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Director Comey stated conclusively, as reported by CNN, “With respect to the president’s tweets about alleged wiretapping directed at him by the prior administration, I have no information that supports these tweets. And we have looked carefully inside the FBI. The Department of Justice has asked me to assure you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components.”
Short version: Trump made up these ridiculous claims.
In response to a question by the ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D. CA) on Sean Spicer’s claim that President Obama asked the British equivalent of the NSA to spy on Trump, National Security Director Admiral Mike Rogers vehemently denied these spurious allegations “No sir, nor would I. That would be expressly against the construct of the Five I’s agreement that has been in place for decades.” In response to a further question from Schiff that the Five I is comprised of some of closed intelligence allies, including Great Britain, Rogers simply replied, “Yes.”
Short version: Spicer made up this ridiculous claim
Are Donald Trump and the White House running scared in the face of the possible fall-out from these hearings? Three things that happened today bear that out.
First, using his @realDonaldTrump account, Trump dropped the following tweet early this morning
Second, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held a briefing during the Comey hearing where he made the bizarre (even for Spicey) that Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort played a “very limited role for a very limited period of time.”
Seriously, he was Trump’s CAMPAIGN MANAGER from April of 2016 until August of the same year when allegations of his ties to the former president of the Ukraine were broken by The New York Times. When a reporter actually dared to challenge Spicer on this claim he was told to “Calm down. This is not your press conference.”
Third, and this really shows how desperate Trump is, he live tweeted during the Comey hearing using the @POTUS account. He cherry picked and twisted testimony is an obvious attempt to overcome the devastating information being revealed by Comey and Rogers. If you are actually interested in reading his tweets, go to his @POTUS account.
Lastly, and worst, Comey confirmed for the first time that there has been an ongoing criminal investigation of allegations of collusion between the Trump team and Russia since July of last year.
The Republicans and Trump are facing a crisis of irony.
First, it is ironic Trump’s tweets and the White House’s adamant support of his claims that led to this particular investigation. Granted, calls for investigations into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia have been on-going since the election, but Trump has no one to blame but himself for today’s hearings.
Second, Comey was the Republican darling after he released the damaging email report on Hillary Clinton just days before the election. The irony here is that they can hardly claim he was right then and wrong now.
With Trump’s approval ratings now dipping into the high 30 percent range, the bombshells dropped today could not have happened at a worse possible time. For Trump and his administration, Russia is not going away. And now it appears that with an ongoing criminal investigation, his chances of impeachment are rising.
It was truly a very bad, horrible, miserable, sad day for Donald Trump. Brought on by his own reckless charges against a President of the United States.
Ain’t karma a bitch.