James Comey has called Donald Trump a liar twice so far
Posted June 8
In the first hour of former FBI Director James Comey testimony on Capitol Hill about the nature and details of his relationship with President Donald Trump, he's already called the president a "liar" twice.
In his opening remarks, Comey flashed anger at Trump's characterization of him as unpopular among the rank and file of the FBI as well as the idea that the bureau was disorganized and chaotic.
"Those were lies. Plan and simple," Comey said flatly.
Then, when asked by Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va.) why he felt the need to document his meetings with Trump when he didn't do the same with past presidents, Comey responded: "I was honestly concerned he might lie about the nature of our meeting."
Stop. Go back and read those two quotes again.
What you see there is a former FBI director not once but twice calling the president a liar -- and acknowledging that his concerns about Trump's willingness to bend (or break) the truth led him to repeatedly document their interactions.
That's stunning stuff.
This is Washington. Politicians -- and those longtime members of the political swirl like Comey -- would rather cut off a finger than call another political person a liar. And yet, Comey did that twice -- about the sitting president of the United States! -- in his first hour in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
That's a very big deal -- and speaks not just to the fractured relationship between Trump and Comey but also to the remarkable unconventionality of Trump and the ways in which the oddness of his approach to the presidency impacts others around him.