With the Comey circus in town on Thursday, Washington is a-quiver with anticipation that the former FBI director might/could, will-he/won't-he (please-oh-please) hand investigators evidence of criminality on the part of President Trump.
Former FBI Director James Comey's written statement to the Senate intelligence committee, released on Wednesday, drew cries of somber outrage from Democrats -- "Obstruction of justice!" "Crossing a line!" "Unethical!" "Unprecedented!" "Inappropriate!" -- but no calls for handcuffs just yet.
Several Democrats on Thursday morning stopped short of saying Trump's conversations with Comey amount to obstruction of justice. They told cable news shows they'd leave the legalities to federal prosecutors.
Here are some of the headlines and front-page blurbs from newspapers and cable channels that have been trying to undermine Trump since his election:
Comey could turn lawmakers’ Russia probes to questions of obstruction
If the testimony of former FBI director James Comey suggests that President Trump’s actions constituted an obstruction of justice on investigations of Russia-related matters, the focus of congressional inquiries could shift from intelligence details to legal and criminal matters.
Washington Post Analysis:
A president divorced from the executive branch he oversees
Trump’s tweets and actions paint a picture of someone feeling embattled and taking matters into his own hands, often apparently against the advice of many of those around him.
New York Times:
Comey Puts Political Savvy on Display
Mr. Comey, a shrewd veteran of Washington, has shown why presidents are normally loath to fire their F.B.I. directors.
‘Cloud’ over Trump is now a full-blown thunderstorm
Washington, a staid city known as a place of suits, statues, and steakhouses, is hosting a political spectacle of historic proportions.
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MSNBC TRUMP WATCH
(Chris) Matthews: Testimony reads like loyalty ritual
Donald Trump's big problem isn't Jim Comey. It's Donald Trump.
Trump looks like a man with something to hide