SIZZLE: the big day arrives and former FBI Director Comey gets to tell us about a doomed relationship. I’ve worked long enough in corporate America to know that the Russian Usurper is trying to make a problem go away, like you would at work: by decree, unquestioned and immediate. He’s too dumb to know that’s not how it works outside of the corner office.
Top Dem Adam Schiff thinks he sees Obstruction of Justice in Comey’s statement:
“It is certainly evidence of interference or obstruction,” Schiff said during an interview with The Washington Post’s David Ignatius, adding, “The question I think is, where does this action fit in with other actions of the president.”
And it wouldn’t be The Swamp without some psy-ops:
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) June 8, 2017
FIZZLE: Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the morning email thingie at Axios is having no love:
For all the cable-news talk of smoking guns, top Republicans were authentically relieved by what they read in the afternoon bombshell.
Their reaction puzzled me at first, but here’s a truth bomb: Comey’s seven-page, 3,100-word statement describes unusual, unprecedented and, to most, disturbing behavior by the president. But it presents no new information that proves a crime…
Be smart: The road ahead is long. Comey’s statement is captivating, but not grounds for impeachment. The threshold for any action is much higher than many think, because Republicans alone will set it.
“The document has considerable entertainment value in its dead-pan account of a profound mismatch, a Washington buddy movie gone bad. It’s a tale of a bureaucratically agile and self-serving careerist matched against an institutionally ignorant and self-serving outsider. One is careful, memorializing every conversation and calculating his every more; the other is blundering around in the dark — and eventually blows the whole thing up.”
The RNC has leaked their game plan:
Here are the RNC talking points to Trump allies on Comey’s testimony tomorrow pic.twitter.com/8X9NKTQHMe
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) June 8, 2
Odd how Michael Flynn’s name is never mentioned once, innit? AND if you read the document you will be left with the odd sensation that Comey’s testimony vindicates Trump, and Comey is also an unethical liar who should be ignored. Double speak lives another day!
(For shitz and giggles, someone should play along at home and see which Republicans are so brain dead as to use these phrases and make these points.)
Fo’ SHIZZLE: The Russian Usurper speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to the Majority Conference at 12:15 p.m., and then will host governors and mayors at the White House for an infrastructure summit at 3:30. (Because it’s INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK!!1!) But he has no events in the morning, you know, when the hearing start at 10 AM eastern. So what’s the Vegas odds on his twattering?
So play your cards right, Swamp People, and have a fun day today:
“By the time details from Mr. Comey’s prepared remarks surfaced on Wednesday … the hearing had leapt from Beltway curiosity to required viewing, a cliffhanger episode of the nation’s real-life reality show. … At Union Pub in Washington, a sports bar steps from the Hart Senate Office Building, bartenders plan to dole out a free round of Budweisers or bourbon shots every time Mr. Trump blasts out a tweet. For those wondering: No, there will not be a limit. ‘We’ll give out 20 rounds’ if the president tweets 20 times, Ashley Saunders, the bar’s general manager, said.”