4 Ways Republicans Are Spinning Comey Testimony

When former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of Congress last week, his words left most of the country reeling. Did President Donald Trump really attempt to strong-arm the former official into closing an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn? Was this enough to constitute obstruction of justice? Is it time to really discuss impeachment?

The answer to these questions, according to a pool of President Trump loyalists, is “Nope. Absolutely not.”

Unable to publicly admit idea that the leader of their party — and in most cases their longtime boss — was corrupt, intimidating and involved in potentially illegal activity, has caused them to come up with any possible way to spin testimony to protect the President. Here are five ways they have been spinning Comey testimony to try to make it less damaging.

1. “It’s my first day!”

In the memorable words of cartoon icon Homer J. Simpson, you can get out of almost any controversy if you simply use being new to the job as an excuse. Obviously, it’s a lesson that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan took to heart as he tried to explain that the president wasn’t doing anything wrong, per se — Trump just didn’t know any better due to his inexperience

“The president’s new to this. He’s new to government and so he probably wasn’t steeped in the long running protocols that establish the relationships between DOJ, FBI and White House’s,” Ryan said, according to Roll Call. “He’s just new to this.”

Of course, some would suggest maybe this is why electing a person with no political experience to the most powerful office in the world is not the best idea in the first place. But hey, no one in the GOP seemed to consider that to be an issue six months ago.

2. “Democrats did it first!”

One of the more interesting tidbits to come out of the Q&A portion of the testimony was Comey’s revelation that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch suggested to him that while discussing the Hillary Clinton email server they refer to it as a “matter” rather than an investigation.

“Today’s hearing with James Comey contains at least one rather revealing nugget unrelated to the Trump-Russia investigation—that the Obama Justice Department improperly tried to influence the the Clinton email investigation…” writes Mark Hemingway at the conservative Weekly Standard. “…There’s one other very interesting thing about this exchange. Lynch’s improper behavior here was previously reported, via anonymous sources, back in April in the New York Times.”

3. “Comey’s a leaker!”

Meanwhile, another branch of the GOP — including the president — is latching onto the fact that the former FBI director mentioned giving his memos to others with the intent of getting them into the press.

“A person close to Trump’s outside legal team confirmed on Friday that it will aim to file a complaint next week with the Department of Justice inspector general about the so-called leak, in which Comey handed off memos describing his conversations with Trump to a friend who in turn passed them onto The New York Times,” Politico reports. ”Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, was immediately criticized for the move, which followed a bellicose statement on Thursday in which Kasowitz, too, accused Comey of lying under oath and inappropriately disclosing the contents of his conversations with Trump.”

4. “Vindicated!”

Yet somehow — even with all of these bombshells emerging – the administration and its allies still insist that Comey’s statements actually support the president’s claims of innocence.

“During a combative news conference in the White House Rose Garden, the president said Comey’s testimony Thursday was politically motivated, contained falsehoods, and failed to establish that Trump had colluded with Russians to win last year’s election or had obstructed justice in seeking to end the federal government’s probe,” The Washington Post reports. “‘No collusion. No obstruction. He’s a leaker,’ Trump said of Comey, adding: ‘We were very, very happy, and, frankly, James Comey confirmed a lot of what I said. And some of the things that he said just weren’t true.’”

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71 comments

Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

thanks for sharing

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei1 years ago

Brian F.,

Your political fantasies and stubborn misuse of the english language add not one whit to this discussion....nor have they EVER, to ANY discussion that I have read here on Care2.

Please, GO F**K YOURSELF, robustly and without pause.

You are every bit as 'faux' as FauxNews.

Cletus

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Brian F
Brian F1 years ago

Regus When Hillary supports the Iraq war, supports the TPP, and takes 13 million from our criminal healthcare industry as a bribe, and refuses to support single payer universal healthcare, she’s a crook and a liar. The fact that you can’t see the obvious criminality in Hillary who took 21 million in speeches from Wall Street as another bribe, and refuses to reinstate Glass Steagall to regulate the banks, proves your ignorance.

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ERIKA S
ERIKA S1 years ago

noted

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Lisa M
Lisa M1 years ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M1 years ago

Noted.

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei1 years ago

His unwillingness to respond to the substantive points in my posts confirms my charge: Paul B. is just another run-of-the-mill rightwing intellectual COWARD.

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Margie F
Margie F1 years ago

Thanks

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David C
David C1 years ago

GOP opposite world

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Regus S
Regus Slantei1 years ago

-- cont. --

....Its not the [D]s who formed the committees and special council who are now digging at the corrupt sedition that YOU voted into office. ....and (#2) so typical of you partisan lugnuts, you choose to conveniently ignore how Trump's own behavior opened himself up to what you describe as a "full fledged assault": the [D] candidate and her campaign didn't illegally meet with the Russians, didn't lie about it, and didn't fire the lead investigator looking into the bad behavior. It truly amazes me how happy you weasels are to publicly display your partisan stupidity.
-- As has been usual for you whenever responding to my posts in the past, YOU ONE AGAIN HAVE UTTERLY FAILED TO ADDRESS ANY OF THE POINTS I MADE IN MY POST!! All you offer is DEFLECTION. And that is little more than intellectual cowardice.

I'm sorry. Have I lost my tact once again by so openly telling the truth?

Cletus

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