If you thought former FBI Director James Comey was going to assert that Donald Trump committed a criminal act, well, take a breather.
He didn’t do it. He didn’t tell Senate Intelligence Committee members that the president “obstructed justice.” He did say the president “lied” and that he “defamed” the FBI and himself.
However, any assertion of criminality is going to come from the special counsel, Robert Mueller — Comey’s longtime friend and former professional colleague.
Still, Comey’s testimony today appears to have affirmed what many Americans have thought — if not known — about the president. It’s that he doesn’t understand the intricacies of governance and of the need to keep his hands off important investigations.
Comey has painted a disturbing portrait of the man who now calls the shots at the top of the government’s executive chain of command.
He has laid down a predicate — perhaps — for the special counsel to pursue the answers to questions on the minds of millions of Americans:
Did the president’s campaign collude with Russian government agents to influence the outcome of the 2016 election? If so, did the campaign act on the president’s direct orders? Did he have knowledge of it? If there is no collusion — and if the president’s team knew about the Russian hacking, why didn’t Trump’s team move to stop it?
More to come …