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Trump’s Statement On Comey’s Testimony Is So Stupid And Out There That It Burns

For a little over two and a half hours, former FBI Director James Comey answered Senators’ questions about Trump, his relationship with Trump, and the Russia scandal. A little over an hour after the open hearing concluded, Trump’s own lawyer released a statement, and CNN obtained a partial copy. And it’s stupid. It’s so stupid. It starts with claims that Comey vindicated Trump, and ends with something entirely different.

Of course, it first characterizes numerous news reports leading up to the hearing as false. And then it launches into its bizarre and twisted logic as to why Comey’s testimony vindicates Trump:

“Mr. Comey has now finally confirmed publicly what he repeatedly told the President privately: The President was not under investigation as part of any probe into Russian interference. He also admitted there is no evidence that a single vote changed as a result of any Russian interference.”

And they need to stop right there. It seems that the GOP has rather suddenly pivoted from influencing our election in any way to whether the Russians specifically managed to change votes. Comey did say several times that he wholly believes Russia meddled. These probes were never about whether Russia actually changed votes, and the GOP knows it. This is dishonest at best.

But here’s the first kicker in Trump’s statement:

“Mr. Comey’s testimony also makes clear that the President never sought to impede the investigation into attempted Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

No, Comey never made that clear. Comey said more than once that he interpreted Trump’s statement, “I hope you can see your way to letting this go,” as a directive. He also felt that Trump was making him ask for his job at the dinner on January 27, and hoping to get something in return for letting him keep it (like dropping the investigation). Knowing Trump, that’s exactly what all of this was. However, being the lying, conniving bastard that he is, he worded everything in such a way as to leave himself an “out,” which he has now taken.

Bottom line here: Comey actually made it clear that he felt Trump’s requests of him were made with the intent of impeding the investigation.

It’s true that Comey said Trump told him that “it would be good to find out” if there were any “satellite associates of his who did something wrong.” That, likewise, proves nothing.

The second kicker in the statement is this blatant lie:

“The President never, in form or substance, directed or suggested that Mr. Comey stop investigating anyone, including suggesting that Mr. Comey ‘let Flynn go.’”

Say what? What do they call, “I hope you can see your way to letting this go,” then?

And then there’s this absolute pile of bull cookies:

“The President also never told Mr. Comey, ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,’ in form or substance.”

Now the White House is just accusing Comey of lying, and Trump’s outside attorney is doubling down on smearing him as partisan and out for revenge. Comey flat-out admitted during his testimony that he created contemporaneous memos of his conversations with Trump because he feared Trump would do exactly this. At the end of the statement, it’s very clear that they’re working to discredit Comey and his testimony entirely, despite the fact that they start it off with, “Comey proved us right.”

You can read this insanity here:


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