In his testimony to the committee Comey called Trump a liar no less than five times.
It was stunning to watch the former FBI Director detail the times his former employer "plain and simple" lied to him and the American public whom he supposedly represents.
The first two lies Comey addressed were Trump's characterization of him as unpopular among the rank and file of the FBI as well as the idea that the bureau was disorganized and chaotic.
Comey said of Trump's attempt to "defame" him and the FBI, alleging that the bureau is in "disarray."...
“The administration then chose to defame me and, more importantly, the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. Those were lies, plain and simple and I am so sorry that the FBI workforce had to hear them, and I'm so sorry that the American people were told them "
After that powerful statement Comey addressed a third, fourth and fifth lie while under questioning from Maine Sen. Angus King (I).
First Senator King asked if it was he who had sought out the Feb. 14 meeting with Trump to to ask to if he could stay on as FBI director Comey replied...
Second King asked whether Comey had ever called the president to which Comey replied...
"No... I never initiated a communication with the president."
The third was in response to Trump's response of "No, no. Next question" at a press conference on May 18th when Trump was asked whether he had urged you to shut down the investigation. King asked Comey if that an accurate statement? Comey simply said...
"I don’t believe it is."
That makes five in all.
There were other damning characterizations of Trump's behavior.
These included when Trump told the longtime prosecutor that “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty,” from my FBI director. Comey said the request was met with a long and uncomfortable silence between the two men.
Then there were the multiple occasions in which Trump inappropriately asked Comey to make it public knowledge that he was not personally under investigation. Comey of course never did so.
Then there was Comey's admission that he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions that he did not want to be left alone again with Trump saying such interactions were...
"inappropriate and should never happen."
Then there was of course the fact that Trump had asked Comey to scuttle the FBI investigation into his former National Security Advisor Gen Michael Flynn. After clearing a room so that both men were alone Trump said...
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
These were all bombshells that reveal the character, or lack thereof, of Donald Trump.
After Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s personal lawyer defended his client in a televised statement in which he implied none of the FBI director's testimony should be trusted because Comey is a "leaker"...
“Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the President. We will leave it [to] the appropriate authorities to determine whether this leaks [sic] should be investigated along with all those others being investigated.”
For their part, the Republicans still seem to be aligned with Trump. Their newest excuse for his grotesquely inappropriate behavior is that he ought not to be blamed for his mistakes because he’s new at government and so he doesn't know any better.
The media is calling it the toddler defense. Regardless of the excuse, as lawyers love to say, ignorance of the law is no defense.
Despite going the entire day without a single tweet it seems that Trump had wrestled his phone away from whomever was keeping it from him and has began tweeting.
In his first of the day, at 6:10am, Trump accuses Comey of being a liar and calls him a liar and a “leaker.”...
I'm sure there are more to follow after Trump's inability to achieve release yesterday.
You can read former FBI Director Comey's full Senate testimony HERE