Former FBI Director James Comey testified Thursday morning in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee in what became must-watch television as he chronicled his meetings with President Trump. Of course, that means Trump supporters were watching, too, and on Thursday’s Late Night, Seth Meyers took a “Closer Look” at Republican attempts to discredit Comey’s story.
“So now, we have very clear, damning evidence that the president lied about interfering in a criminal investigation and possibly committed obstruction of justice,” Meyers said. “And yet Republicans have done everything they can to either dismiss or deny Comey’s allegations.” Chris Christie and Paul Ryan both spoke out against the former FBI Director, essentially saying the president just didn’t know what he was doing and Comey shouldn’t have taken him at his word.
In part of Comey’s statement, he said that after his first meeting with Trump, he ran to his computer to write everything down, something he had never done with Obama. “That’s the FBI director, a guy who’s dealt with liars and criminals his whole life, walking out of his first meeting with the president and thinking, ‘I’ve got to write this shit down!’” Meyers remarked.
“And remember, Trump cleared the room [on another occasion] and then told Comey, ‘I hope you can let this go,’” Meyers explained of Trump’s appeal to Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia. “Comey said explicitly that he took that as a direction to end the investigation, and yet Republicans seemed to harp not on Trump’s apparent attempt to interfere in an investigation, but on the words he used,” focusing on his use of “hope,” which they say is not a directive.
“When someone says, ‘I hope you’ll join us for dinner,’ they want you to come to dinner.”