President Trump stayed silent through the day Thursday, choosing to let his sons dismember former FBI director James Comey’s blundering testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
But at 6:10 a.m. on Friday, the president finally let us know what he thought of the day.
The mainstream media listed Trump as one of the “losers” of the day (did CNN even bother to listen to the testimony or did they write the story the night before?). Here’s what writer Chris Cillizza said:
The good news for Trump? Legally speaking it may be tough to prove obstruction of justice because, as several Republican senators noted during Comey’s testimony, saying you “hope” an investigation gets dropped and actually telling the FBI director to drop the investigation aren’t the same thing. But, that’s about it in terms of good news. Comey repeatedly cast Trump as a liar, insisting that a number of claims made by the President about their interactions were totally false. He also said, with no equivocation, that Trump saying he hoped Comey could find a way to end the Flynn investigation amounted to a “directive” from the President of the United States. There was no smoking gun here. But, if this investigation ultimately comes down to Comey’s word versus Trump’s, the FBI director helped his credibility on Thursday — meaning that Trump’s took a hit.
Cillizza also listed Comey as a winner.
But nuh huh. there were only three takeaways from Thursdays’ hearing, and they were:
- Trump is not now, nor has he ever been, under investigation by the FBI.
- President Obama’s attorney general, Loretta Lynch, told Comey not to call the probe into Hillary Clinton’s endless scandals an “investigation,” but rather a “matter.”
- Comey himself leaked his own “diary” memo about meetings with Trump, giving them to a friend to pass to the media.
That’s it. That was the whole day.
And Trump knows it.