On Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding President Donald Trump's behavior relative to the Michael Flynn and overall Russian Investigation pre-firing. While there were new revelations pertaining to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's behavior concerning the Hillary Clinton email probe, the bombshell expectations laid out by Democrats, in which Trump would be exposed as a Russian operative obstructing justice, largely fell flat.
During the hearing, Florida Senator Marco Rubio's line of questioning veered-off into the damaging leaks surrounding the investigation, wherein Rubio asked one key question: Considering the massive amount of leaks to the public, why was it that the one thing which wasn't leaked was the fact that President Donald Trump himself was not under investigation? (Comey repeatedly confirmed that Trump was not under investigation at the time he was acting director.)
“You know, this investigation is full of leaks left and right. We’ve learned more from the newspaper sometimes than we hear in these open hearings for sure,” said Rubio. “Do you ever wonder why of all the things in this investigation the only thing that’s never been leaked is the fact that the president was not personally under investigation, despite the fact that both Democrats and Republican leadership of Congress knew that, and had known that for weeks?”
“I don’t know,” answered the former FBI director. “I find that matters that are briefed to the Gang of Eight are pretty tightly held in my experience.”
Here's another idea as to why:
Leaks, true or untrue, have consumed the mainstream media, much to the frustration of the president attempting to pass his agenda. Moreover, Comey expanded on the nature of the leaks, claiming some of the reports from both The New York Times and The Washington Post were actually false; such reports were undeniably damaging to the Trump Administration.
Rubio, providing some of the most concise questioning, determined that President Trump made three important requests/public statements to the former director: for Comey to pledge his loyalty, that he hoped the investigation into Flynn could be let go and that Comey would publicly state, as he privately told Trump, that the president was not under investigation.
Watch the exchange, below: