‘Summer of Comey’ Underway
I watched the public portion of the James Comey’s hearing today. I didn’t hear any great new information that had not been released ahead of time or that would rise to the level of obstruction of justice. While it appears so far President Trump likely acted inappropriately, it would seem unlikely any legal effort could be put forth that would attempt to prove he acted illegally, since obstruction of justice requires proving intent. And since presidents are not charged in a court of law, but rather in Congress through the impeachment process, the question will likely rage on as a political one, rather than a legal one. Likely it fits into the Trump pattern of actions as political naiveté. We had a president who we knew perjured himself before a grand jury under oath and he wasn’t found guilty. The questioning itself was somewhat interesting in that both political parties attempted to add their spin to the proceedings by shaping their questions so as to support their political interests. Secondarily it will be important to see what republican capital the President has remaining in Congress. That will play out over the summer and as the Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, investigation into Russia’s involvement during the US elections gets down to business. Also significant was that Comey said without a doubt Russia attempted to interfere with the last presidential elections and they would do it again and again. Their goal is to degrade American’s trust in our institutions at any turn and to degrade America’s influence abroad. Well that’s not new, just their methods.