Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony in Congress this week won’t just be covered by every major network — President Donald Trump also plans to “live tweet” the proceedings as they happen.
— CitizenSlant (@CitizenSlant) June 6, 2017
White House officials have apparently confirmed to the Washington Post’s Robert Costa that Trump will “live-tweet” during Comey’s visit to the Capitol. “[T]he president himself wants to be the messenger, his own warrior, his own lawyer, his own spokesman” during the testimony, Costa explained.
Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee is set to commence on Thursday, and may answer some much needed questions on how the president asked Comey to drop the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election cycle. In detailed notes made by Comey related to an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s alleged collusion with Russia, the former FBI Director wrote that Trump asked Comey “I hope you can let this go.”
Some legal experts say that amounts to obstruction of justice, though no one can know for sure without more background. Comey’s testimony will hopefully shed light on what Trump asked of him.
Comey was fired after he refused to drop the Russia investigation. Though the administration initially said his firing was related to his handling of an investigation on Hillary Clinton’s emails while she was at the State Department, Trump confirmed in interviews shortly after that Comey was fired for continuing the investigation into collusion between the Trump administration and Russia.
The Trump administration had originally planned to create a media “war room” to respond to claims made by Comey during his testimony, but those plans have since fizzled out. And the decision to let Trump make his own statements using his Twitter handle may prove to be problematic: this week alone, Trump managed to undermine his own case for a Muslim travel ban by decisively calling it a “ban.” His administration had previously denounced the term, hoping that doing so could help them defend his executive order in a court of law.
It’s possible that Trump could mess up again during his “live tweet” session, but that is apparently a risk the administration is willing to take.