Former FBI Director James B. Comey will testify publicly on Thursday June 8 before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The hearing begins at 10 am Eastern (7 a.m. Pacific) at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. After the public hearing, Comey will testify in a non-television closed session starting around 1 pm Eastern. ABC, CBS and NBC as well as FOX will broadcast live, an unusual move for network television.
President Trump fired Comey on May 8. His testimony is widely anticipated. Read his opening statement (pdf); pre-release gives the White House a chance to prepare a response.
Bloomberg is livestreaming on Twitter:
— Bloomberg (@business) June 7, 2017
Watch via your favorite online channel
- C-SPAN (cable login required)
- The LATimes will livestream the hearing on Facebook and their live blog starting at 7 a.m. Pacific.
- The U.S. Senate will stream the proceedings.
Specifics on the network coverage:
- ABC News is being anchored by George Stephanopoulos.
- CBS This Morning co-hosts Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King and Charlie Rose are anchoring the CBS coverage. They will be joined by “Face the Nation” anchor and chief Washington correspondent John Dickerson and chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford.
- CNN is streaming live and broadcasting.
- FOX News plans pre-hearing coverage with Bill Hemmer and Shannon Bream; they will be joined by Bret Baier, Chris Wallace and Dana Perino.
- NBC News chief legal correspondent Savannah Guthrie is anchoring from Washington, D.C. with Lester Holt, Guthrie and Chuck Todd co-anchoring the NBC coverage from Washington, D.C. Matt Lauer is anchoring from New York.
Trump on MSNBC: "Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey." https://t.co/cc08moKjqR
— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) May 11, 2017
Reactions to the pre-released statement and hearing
- 9 quick take-aways, NY Magazine
- Comey describes five conversations with Trump, RollingStone
- ‘I need loyalty, I expect loyalty’ – CNBC
- The critical information in Comey’s written statement – Washington Post
- The ‘Whole Thing is Crazy’ – NBC NewYork
- Trump is expected to live-tweet during the hearing, TheHill
- Two reflections on the Comey statement – Lawfare
Specific call-outs from Lawfare
From Benjamin Wittes, who has written previously about Comey’s comments on Trump’s behavior
The first broad theme I want to highlight here is the effort on the part of the President to engage his FBI director in a relationship of patronage and the overwhelming discomfort this effort caused Comey. This is a theme I wrote about based on my own contemporaneous conversations with Comey, but to see it fleshed out across a number of different incidents is nevertheless jarring.
And Jack Goldsmith:
Trump does not remotely understand his role, status, and duties as President and Chief Executive, and this failure infects or undermines just about everything he does. It is an amazing state of affairs: A President of the United States who does not at all grasp the Office he occupies, and who thus entirely lacks the proper situation sense, or contextual knowledge, in which a President should exercise judgment or act. Let that sink in, and then imagine all of the decisions a President must make, all that he is responsible for. This reflection is the main reason why I have come to believe that the President does not deserve a presumption of regularity in his actions—not just by courts with respect to the immigration executive orders, but by the public more generally with respect to “everything the Executive does that touches, however lightly, the President.”