For the second time in less than a month, viewers across the country were glued to a big Sunday night interview of someone speaking out against President Trump.
And people had quite a bit to say about James Comey‘s bombshell interview on ABC News tonight:
The whole “comey is debasing himself/hurting his credibility by talking like this” criticism seems weird in a world where Donald Trump is president
— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) April 16, 2018
This Comey interview is going to result in some rage tweets.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 16, 2018
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) April 16, 2018
So @GStephanopoulos Clinton’s press secy talking to the FBI head about Hands size, tanning bed, Ties, hookers in Moscow, and he NEVER VERIFIED THE DOSSIER. He never did HIS JOB. He doesn’t know if dossier is true, but it was used in a FISC application. #ComeyDisgrace
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 16, 2018
Comey just blew up GOP & Trump case that Russia investigation started with Steele dossier. He confirms probe began with Papadopoulos conversation with Australian Ambassador.
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) April 16, 2018
pretty much pic.twitter.com/9ns3ZVTZ1k
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) April 16, 2018
Comey is not coming off well in this interview as relates to his infamous Comey letter. His explanation is frankly lacking.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) April 16, 2018
Comey is the last person who should be lecturing anyone on the truth. The guy who twisted the gross negligence statute to exonerate a criminal.
— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) April 16, 2018
Dear jim comey you worry if everyone hates you. No need to worry
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) April 16, 2018
The inevitable book tour aspect of the Comey interview actually undercuts the importance of its insights. But it shouldn’t obscure them.
Having a Republican FBI director detect commonalities between mob bosses and the culture surrounding the president is damning.
— John Avlon (@JohnAvlon) April 16, 2018
Comey says he did not want to be political, yet so far every decision appears based on the assumption that he expected her to win. Why was that assumption a factor in anything?
— Martha MacCallum (@marthamaccallum) April 16, 2018
— Michael Smerconish (@smerconish) April 16, 2018
This interview is VERY aggressively edited. Almost every sentence is ended by the ABC producers, not by Comey.
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) April 16, 2018
Jim Comey can be a sanctimonious egotist who’s inappropriate actions disrupted an election and still be a valid source of damning information about Donald Trump.
— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) April 16, 2018
Watching this Comey interview, what keeps popping into my head is Ahmed Chalabi’s response to there being no WMD: “We are heroes in error.”
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 16, 2018
People talk a lot about Mueller and Comey being similar, but every time I hear Comey talk about the Clinton investigation, I can only think of how Mueller would’ve handled everything the exact opposite way.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) April 16, 2018
So when George asked if POTUS obstructed justice, Comey immediately said possibly and didn’t look down dramatically like he did in the teaser. Good work, team. https://t.co/76s5v6opdz
— Erin McPike (@ErinMcPike) April 16, 2018
Accepting dinner invitations. Promising ‘honest loyalty.’ Assuring Trump he wasn’t being investigated. Comey has a lot of tough words for Trump now, but while in the job, he sure did his best to avoid getting on Trump’s bad side.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) April 16, 2018
Look, I’m no huge fan of James Comey, he’s much too much of a drama queen who mistakingly inserted himself into the 2016 campaign, but I think he’s basically an honest guy who’s telling the truth.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 16, 2018
I very much admire @GStephanopoulos for pressing Comey repeatedly. Comey received a prime time platform but he didn’t get a lay down in return.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) April 16, 2018
After the red wine in a coffee cup admission, Trump will call Comey a drunk in tomorrow mornings tweet storm #ComeyInterview
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) April 16, 2018
Comey’s answer pretty lame on leaking to NYT thru a friend: Otherwise he’d disappoint all the other reporters
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) April 16, 2018
If anyone has any doubt that @Comey is a media savvy operator, such details as knowing the camera was on his left side and offer such juicy specifics as, “I was drinking red wine out of a paper cup” after being fired…well, they should be dispelled by now
— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) April 16, 2018
There are a lot of reasons why Comey matters, politically, but one is that he might give people who largely share his identity and worldview a permission slip — if they needed another one — to vote in ways they haven’t in the past
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) April 16, 2018
Dems should nominate Comey in 2020 for his courage and strength in leading The Resistance.
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) April 16, 2018
As FBI Director, Comey’s opinions have value. But he has not presented any new facts. He hasn’t made any revelations – other than offering negative opinions of Trump. This isn’t a tell-all. It’s an opinion-all.
Comey has the right to his opinions. But that’s all he gave us.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) April 16, 2018
Comey seems extremely preoccupied with how his actions would be perceived politically. For instance, here he’s saying that letting the “facts and law decide what you should do” is a great idea … provided the politics of the situation are a wash for you either way. pic.twitter.com/sGdkEKWzWH
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 16, 2018
Comey’s PR tour reaffirms that his true higher loyalty is to himself. The only thing worse than his history of misconduct is his willingness to say anything to sell books. He has no credibility & @realDonaldTrump was right to follow through on the bipartisan calls to fire him.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) April 16, 2018
So what did you think? Which Niebuhr best reflects your reaction? : pic.twitter.com/JCGGzhLpxL
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) April 16, 2018
Comey’s closing comment: “This president does not reflect the values of the country.” Tomorrow’s “executive time” will be
— Kimberly Atkins (@KimberlyEAtkins) April 16, 2018
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