Comey carefully calibrated his testimony to that both Trump bulls and bears could take encouragement, but as far as the law goes, it’s a huge reach from what Trump allegedly said to impeachment, and you have to prove, from a source other than Comey, that Trump actually said what Comey said he said. From Mike “Miss” Shedlock at mishtalk.com:
The Comey Congressional testimony was supposed to be a shocker. Instead, it turned out to be a big yawn with Democrats’ dreams of obstruction charges dashed.
Senator McCain who was supposed to ask tough questions apologized for not being coherent due to lack of sleep from watching a late Diamondbacks game.
Headlines range from vindication to impeachment. They both cannot be correct.
How to Play the Game
The Intercept says JAMES COMEY, A WASHINGTON OPERATOR, KNOWS HOW TO PLAY THE GAME.
James Comey cut an impressive figure during his sworn testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. His presentation was poised, low-key, and almost cold-blooded as he laid out what amounted to a meticulously constructed case against President Donald Trump. Two overflow rooms and multiple live network broadcasts suggested that Comey’s mastery of public relations and the theater of government rivaled that of his former boss. The image of a decent government man dutifully saying his piece stood in defiant contrast to the atmosphere of vulgarity and naked self-interest that Trump has brought to the Oval Office.
Comey Hearing Good For Who?
If Comey knows how to play the game one ought not find a Wall Street Journal opinion piece entitled Comey Hearing: Not Good for Comey.
The Hill reports Trump lawyer accuses Comey of ‘improperly’ leaking memo to press.
Marc Kasowitz, the president’s outside attorney, said that Comey “admitted” to sharing the contents of memos recounting the fired director’s private interactions with Trump with a friend, who then leaked them to the press.
“Today, Mr. Comey admitted that he unilaterally and surreptitiously made unauthorized disclosures to the press of privileged communications with the president,” Kasowitz said, suggesting Comey may have committed an offense.
“We will leave it to the appropriate authorities to determine whether these leaks should be investigated along with all those others being investigated,” the attorney said.
To continue reading: Comey Headlines: Vindication to Impeachment (Both Ideas Cannot Be Right)