The hype — and hyperbole — surrounding former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday was at a level unseen in Washington since the Watergate hearings over 40 years ago.
The networks treated it as if it were some sort of wonk Super Bowl, devoting hours of “pregame” coverage to the event. Hipsters gathered in bars to watch it. The media actually camped out at Comey’s house in the Washington suburbs, waiting for him to get into the SUV that would bring him to Capitol Hill. We were told in breathless terms how this was the most important testimony given to Congress in decades.
There was so much hype that viewers might have been forgiven for expecting the ghost of Howard Baker to show up in the hearing room, shake Comey by the lapels and bellow, “What did the president know and when did he know it, dagnabit?!” And what did it all amount to?
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Well, if you were looking for a smoking gun, nothing. Nil. Zero point zero. Even NBC had to admit it.
After hours of testimony, Comey didn’t offer up the one thing that liberals were hoping and praying for — something that would definitively tie the president to obstruction of justice in the Michael Flynn case.
What emerged from Comey’s testimony was a picture of a president that he didn’t particularly like or trust — which, hey, there’s a news flash from the Capitol — and whose entreaties on the Flynn investigation made him uncomfortable.
However, under questioning from senators, even that seemed to fall apart… [CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE]