James Comey testimony reignites debate on whether Donald Trump obstructed justice

Posted June 10, 2017

Sen. John McCain had a weird reason for his lackluster performance during the questioning of former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday.

He said what he wanted Comey to answer was whether or not Trump's interactions with Comey constitute obstruction of justice.

When asked why he did not object to this request, Comey said he thought, "This isn't a hill worth dying on, and so I just said, 'Okay.' The press is going to completely ignore it - and that's what happened".

Kasowitz also pointed to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers' comments from Wednesday, when they testified they never felt "pressured" by Trump to interfere in the FBI's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.

In Kasowitz's view, Comey's testimony establishes that the president "was not being investigated for colluding" with the Russians, or "attempting to obstruct that investigation".

During his testimony, Comey also said he had concerns that the President would lie about their meetings.

Comey pointed out that the Clinton investigation concerned her use of a private email server.

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Opinion poll: What do you think of Comey's testimony? Viewers saw John McCain confused and befuddled as he put forward his questions to Comey.

Republican Senator John Cornyn, grilling Comey, said it appeared he believed Lynch "had an appearance of a conflict of interest on the Clinton email investigation. You reached separate conclusions", McCain said.

And, again, you look back in hindsight, you think should I have resisted harder?

MCCAIN: "That investigation have any involvement of Secretary Clinton or any of her associates is completed?"

Numerous viewers who tuned in to hear Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing were confused by McCain's line of questioning. "I didn't believe she could credibly decline that investigation", Comey replied.

Complicating things somewhat is the fact that in late October - much to Clinton's chagrin - Comey announced that the investigation into her email server was re-opening after a new batch of emails had been discovered on a computer belonging to Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide, and her husband at the time Anthony Weiner.

CORNYN: And, under Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation norms, wouldn't it have been appropriate for the attorney general, or, if she had recused herself - which she did not do - for the deputy attorney general to appoint a special counsel?