Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired last month by President Donald Trump, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday. He was asked about his dismissal, his phone calls with Trump, and about the Russia investigation.
Comey’s testimony was one of the most anxiously awaited moments in decades. People watched in on national TV, on mobile devices, and even at bars. However, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said that the president didn’t do anything wrong because he doesn’t have the power to put an end to an investigation.
Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly claimed Wednesday evening that, despite all the hoopla by the media over former FBI Director James Comey’s then-upcoming testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding his conversations with President Donald Trump, the president has done nothing wrong.
“A sitting President has absolute authority to ask about any investigation as long as the Prez does not interfere in fact gathering process,” he wrote in a tweet.
In Comey’s testimony the next morning, the former director admitted that in February the president allegedly asked him to drop the bureau’s investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who ostensibly resigned earlier that month after prior conversations between him and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak became public.
The problem is that Comey viewed that simple question as an “order” and now believes he was fired from his own position three months later partially because he failed to follow it. For the record, this belief is patently false.
As predicted, TV coverage of the pre-Comey testimony is hysterical. Here’s one simple fact:
— Bill O’Reilly (@billoreilly) June 7, 2017
O’Reilly’s point was that the act of asking the question itself was not wrong or illegal in any way, shape or form.
Moreover, even if Trump had actually ordered Comey to stop the investigation, that order would itself not have been wrong either, according to law scholar Alan Dershowitz.
“(O)ur history shows that many presidents — from Adams to Jefferson, to Lincoln, to Roosevelt, to Kennedy, to Bush 1, and to Obama — have directed the Justice Department with regard to ongoing investigations,” he wrote Thursday in an op-ed for Fox News. “The history is clear, the precedents are clear, the constitutional structure is clear, and common sense is clear.”
But did Trump really “order” Comey to halt the investigation?
The answer to this question remains murky, though what former Director Comey himself wrote in his farewell letter is not: “I have long believed that a President can fire an FBI Director for any reason, or for no reason at all.”
OK, then why is Comey still complaining? And why are the “hysterical” media, as O’Reilly referred to them, acting as the former director’s testimony was somehow earth-shattering? Is it because they’re idiots or they’re just full of it? Knowing them, it’s probably both.
Although liberals thought that Comey’s testimony will destroy Trump, it happened quite the opposite. This testimony really helped the president since Comey confirmed that Trump was never under investigation and he didn’t commit any other crimes.