Former FBI Director James Comey may not have fazed the Trump faithful, who are busily making lemonade out of strychnine-laced lemons, but the rest of the world saw a politically devastating three hours of testimony that leaves Donald Trump badly — if not mortally — wounded.
In fact, even the formerly friendly confines of Fox News — the source of a lot of “honest loyalty” lately — aired a refreshing dose of reality following the Comey hearing. As Oliver Willis noted at Shareblue, Fox News anchor and Sunday show host Chris Wallace not only admitted the testimony was damaging to Trump but described it with the detail of a Food Network host digging into a quinoa-crusted sea bass ragout:
Politically, I thought it was very damaging to the president. As has been pointed out by Shannon, repeatedly, James Comey called the president a liar, said that he lied about that the FBI was in disarray, that he defamed him, defamed the FBI, said that the reason he kept those kinds of notes in the first place is that he thought this was the kind of man who would lie about those kinds of things. It’s not good stuff to have said on national television.
And as been noted before, I feel like his strongest point about Flynn and why it was so improper — what the president said about Flynn and that Oval Office meeting on February 14th — and he said, 'Why on earth would you kick out the attorney general, the vice president, and the chief of staff if it was going to be something innocent?' That that was very strong evidence.
In fact, despite a few morsels for the hungry Trumpies, Comey's testimony could hardly have gone worse for Donald Trump. Comey's testimony was clearly designed to leave an unbroken trail of panko bread crumbs to an obstruction charge, which currently seems like the greatest threat to Trump's presidency.
Comey's testimony is just the latest bitter pill for Trump's followers to swallow, but it won't be the last. Special counsel Robert Mueller is probably cooking that one up right now.
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