CNN reporting, fired FBI Director James Comey is set to spill the beans on President Donald Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice in attempting to influence/thwart the agency’s investigation of ties between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government:
Fired FBI director James Comey plans to testify publicly in the Senate as early as next week to confirm bombshell accusations that President Donald Trump pressured him to end his investigation into a top Trump aide’s ties to Russia, a source close to the issue said Wednesday.
Final details are still being worked out and no official date for his testimony has been set. Comey is expected to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating possible connections between the Trump campaign and Russia during last year’s presidential election…
Since his firing last month, dramatic accounts have emerged in the New York Times, CNN, and elsewhere about the tense confrontations with Trump that Comey memorialized in memos afterward. A week after he took office in January, Trump allegedly demanded Comey’s “loyalty” if he kept him on as FBI director, and he urged Comey to drop his ongoing investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s fired national security adviser, in a separate, one-on-one meeting.
The source said that Comey is expected to stand by those accounts in his testimony.
Confirmation that President Trump did indeed pressure Comey to end his investigation of former national security advisor Michael Flynn before firing Comey could be the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back. Much additional evidence of Trump’s goal of obstructing the FBI’s investigation exists, including Trump’s own statements to Russian diplomats that he had fired “nutjob” Comey to take the pressure off the Russia investigation.
No matter what Comey tells the U.S. Senate when he testifies, it’s very unlikely that Trump will have a bug-out bag packed. With that said, Comey is in a position to confirm some of the most explosive allegations against Trump possible short of proof of outright collusion with the Russian government: sworn testimony that Trump illegally pressured and then fired Comey for the purpose of quashing the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia.
As the old saying goes, “the coverup is worse than the crime.” In this case that might not be accurate, the crime may be much, much worse–but the coverup may be still enough to bring down Trump’s presidency.