Public opinion still divided on what Comey testimony Thursday will bring

Public opinion still divided on what Comey testimony Thursday will bring

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - On the eve of what will be a big day on Capitol Hill, public views were mixed on what the testimony of former FBI director James Comey before a Senate committee will mean for the Trump administration going forward.

Comey will be making his first public appearance Thursday morning since being fired by the president in May.

According to a lengthy statement released Wednesday, the former FBI director will begin his remarks by giving accounts from a series of meetings
he had with Trump beginning in January.

That includes a meeting on Feb. 14, 2017, where the president allegedly told Comey, "I hope you can see your way to letting this go" when it came to the FBI's open investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
 
Comey wrote of that meeting:

The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, "He is a good guy and has been through a lot." He repeated that Flynn hadn't done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President.

The passage had Democrats who oppose Trump fired up.

"You've got [in] a president, and in his administration, who appear to be selling out our democracy for money to the Russians," South Carolina Democratic Party Chairperson Trav Robertson said.

"It's starting to what we thought was a conspiracy theory...it's starting to sound more and more plausible," Robertson added.

Yet area Republicans, meanwhile, feel it will take more than Comey's testimony to prove the president committed any wrongdoing. The former FBI director did write that after the president spoke to him on Flynn that he didn't take it as a request to d rop the broader investigation into Russia or possible ties to the Trump campaign:

I immediately prepared an unclassified memo of the conversation about Flynn and discussed the matter with FBI senior leadership.

"If that's the case I don't know where the investigation would go from there because that's been the story," said Bob McAlister, who was the chief of staff to former South Carolina governor Carroll Campbell. "There may be more to the story. There may be more to the story than we know now, on the other hand, it may be a nothing burger."

Comey's remarks before the Senate Intelligence Committee are slated to begin at 10 a.m. You can watch live coverage of the hearing on WIS 10.

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