During the final half of his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee—in which he has already taken the "unbelievable, unprecedented" step of calling the President of the United States a liar under oath—former FBI Director James Comey continued to answer questions regarding his knowledge of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Asked if he believes Trump colluded with the Russian government, Comey said, "That's a question I don't think I should answer in an open setting."
When the possibility that his conversations with the president were taped arose, Comey was quick to say, "Release all the tapes."
Adding to the abundant commentary on the first half of the testimony, reactions continued to flow on social media:
The former director of the FBI under oath called the president of the United States a liar. This is unbelievable, unprecedented— Ari Berman (@AriBerman) June 8, 2017
Comey: "The president surely knows if he taped me. And if he did, my feelings aren’t hurt. Release all the tapes."— Brad Heath (@bradheath) June 8, 2017
It’s significant that Rs have conceded Comey’s testimony is correct, in effect conceding that Trump has been lying. https://t.co/CyOzIIUt2C— FiveThirtyEight (@FiveThirtyEight) June 8, 2017
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Comey: In theory, Russia investigation could potentially include the president. He was the candidate of the campaign.— Just Security (@just_security) June 8, 2017
Trump's Twitter silence is DEAFENING. #ComeyHearing— Sonali Kolhatkar (@SonaliKolhatkar) June 8, 2017
James Comey confirmed the FBI was investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn on suspicion of lying to FBI agents. pic.twitter.com/xPtY5VbSDB— HuffPost (@HuffPost) June 8, 2017
We learned from #ComeyDay testimony the former FBI Director thought the president might "lie" about their conversations. That's stunning.— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) June 8, 2017