Nothing I say can add to the discussion on the historic testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, but when has that ever stopped me.
Based on Comey’s testimony, one can see a path to obstruction. One can argue that a hope is a hope and a hope is not mens rea for obstruction of justice.
The most interesting part of the testimony was what Comey wouldn’t say in public. Red flags abound, but who knows what he said in the closed session.
The ball hasn’t moved towards either end zone on the field of public opinion. But today’s game was a good one; one for the ages even.
And while I tend to skew centrist in these little rants, I do want to make a few observations that may tilt left of the bullseye.
First, Rubio is now unapologetically the Administration’s water boy. His questioning was shameless and weak. The fight he showed in the primaries has been sapped from him entirely, and he is banking his political future on coattails that may have been sewn in Russia.
We all keep thinking some rogue Republican will stampede through the Congressional jungle. Such an ethereal figure would either fall from grace or become the party’s face and leader in a couple of years. But this chimera has not stirred.
Nor has the old guard of traditional GOP values rallied behind Reagan. John McCain was the one we all thought would be the voice of rational Republicanism. Perhaps that was optimistic in light of his role in the nation even knowing the name Sarah Palin. But today, his nonsensical and confused questioning extinguished all hope that he would be a force of possible change.
To show some semblance of fairness, Burr ran the hearing in a professional and, apparently, even manner. The body as a whole acted with reasonable civility and in a serious, grown up way.
But, be that as it may, what Comey said today in public isn’t going to lead to impeachment in and of itself. But make no mistake, what he said was nothing short of amazing.
A former FBI director called the sitting President a liar. And while Comey would not directly say the President obstructed justice, he laid out an argument that it is possible, without specifically saying so.
And, he said, unequivocally and without hesitation that Russia tampered with our election. And there is little doubt they did so either to cause Hillary to lose or to help Trump to win. A fine distinction, perhaps. But certainly a crucial one.
The Russia investigation should be a top priority for law enforcement.
It should be a top priority for Congress.
And, if the Trump did nothing wrong, it should be a top priority for his administration.
Not just to remove doubt about the office, but to safeguard the process that is vital to our Democracy.
Pardon my verbosity, and, as I clearly have delusions of either Hunter S. Thompson or Ernest Hemingway, if this story annoys you, just blame the swine.