Former Director James Comey's testimony tells us-at least from his perspective-a bit about politics in the Trump Administration. A Business Insider headline reads, " 'The most shocking single document' since Watergate." However, the article quotes a good friend of Comey's.
Yet his testimony is impressive, and the media is enjoying the story. Comey describes how President Trump, at a private dinner, asked for his loyalty, and Comey stressed the importance of the FBI being independent from the White House. He reports that the President asked if he wanted to continue on as FBI director, although he had said twice previously that he did.
Comey reports about another private meeting in which the President said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go." The question is whether the President's actions constitute obstruction of justice. A Wall Street Journal video commentary describes the President's requests of Flynn as "unusual."
Today is an interesting day to compare headlines and see the political bent of the media:
- New York Times: "Trump Pressed Comey to ‘Lift Cloud' of Russia Inquiry"
- Wall Street Journal: "Comey Says Trump Sought Loyalty"
- How credible do you find Comey's testimony? What influences your opinion? Consider the word choice, writing style, and so on.
- How does what Comey describes differ from business relationships? What could be similar between and manager and an employee working in a company?
- What do you think will happen next?