Don’t expect fireworks at Comey testimony
Thursday will likely disappoint spectators hungry for more scandal
While the White House braces for the public testimony of recently-fired FBI Director James Comey, liberal opponents of Trump chomp at the bit in anticipation of sordid new details. But a media eager to stoke the controversy surrounding Comey’s firing and an ongoing Russia investigation has raised expectations far too high, setting everyone up for boredom.
For one thing, Comey’s seven-page written testimony has already been released online, and provides a great deal of detail. The Wall Street Journal editorial board points out that the contents of his written statement offer very little to implicate Trump in wrong doing. On the contrary, they betray Comey’s dangerous misunderstanding of the role of law enforcement in the US system.
There is little reason to believe he will break from script. And, as Politico writes, much as the acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rob Rosenstein did in a separate hearing on Wednesday, he may very well defer to the ongoing special counsel investigation for any details he didn’t include in his testimony:
“Comey’s testimony comes amid a secretive and still-forming probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed by the Department of Justice to investigate potential crimes connected to the ongoing Russia probe. If there are details Comey withheld from his prepared testimony, it’s possible he’s deferring to the special counsel’s probe to avoid any interference. It’s also unclear what Mueller’s apparent comfort with Comey testifying publicly means about the direction of his probe.”