Political Editors / Jun. 12, 2017

The Fallout After Comey’s Testimony

Democrats attempt to shift their anti-Trump agenda narrative, while Trump goes on the offensive against Comey.

Moving forward from former FBI Director Jamey Comey’s Senate testimony last week, here are several developing stories.

  • Democrats and their cohorts in the mainstream media are involved in a slight-of-hand attempt to shift their anti-Trump narrative away from Russian collusion to one of “obstructing justice.” The Democrats’ excuse for pushing to have Comey testify was under the auspices of furthering the investigation into the now fast collapsing Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy. It’s now more clear than ever that Democrats and the Leftmedia are on a witch-hunt seeking anything by which to justify their call for Trump’s impeachment.

  • Donald Trump called Comey a liar and declared that he is willing to testify under oath in his own defense. Last Friday at a news conference, Trump said that he was “100 percent” willing to testify about conversations with Comey, but also that Comey’s testimony “showed no collusion, no obstruction.” Trump tweeted, “Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication.” He seems to be jumping at the chance of engaging in the battle of he-said, he-said. It will be interesting to see if this ends up with Trump testifying before the Senate under oath.

  • Former AG Loretta Lynch is now in the spotlight. During Comey’s testimony, he mentioned that he had been directed by Lynch to call the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton a “matter” and not an “investigation.” On Sunday, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) responded to the question of whether Lynch was “giving cover to the Clinton campaign,” saying it gave her a “queasy feeling” and that there needed to be a “separate investigation” opened into the potential of Lynch having engaged in obstruction of justice, not to mention political collusion. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) agreed with Feinstein’s sentiments, stating, “If the attorney general’s office has become political, that is bad for us all. So I want to get to the bottom of that, and it should be in [the] Judiciary [Committee].”

  • Finally, Trump quickly picked up on the former FBI director’s statement outing himself as a leaker, tweeting, “I believe the James Comey leaks will be far more prevalent than anyone ever thought possible. Totally illegal? Very ‘cowardly!’” This appears to be the narrative that the Trump administration will hit hard, and not surprisingly given the massive problem leaks have caused Trump since he won the election. And statements on leaking to the press are proving to paint Comey as vindictive, not honorable.

The coming weeks will be telling as to how the “scandal” narratives continue and whether or not the Russian collusion narrative finally dies.

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