Democrats And Republicans Watched Two Very Different Comey Hearings
Tweets from members of Congress were some of the first reactions to James Comey's hearing
During former FBI Director James Comey’s long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, congressional Democrats were highlighting his use of the word “lie,” while their Republican colleagues mostly kept quiet.
For several House Democrats, Comey’s testimony is enough evidence to warrant an independent investigative commission.
— Brenda Lawrence (@RepLawrence) June 8, 2017
— Robin Kelly (@Robin42CD) June 8, 2017
— Tim Walz (@RepTimWalz) June 8, 2017
Republican members of Congress, on the other hand, kept pretty quiet during the first part of Comey’s hearing. During a simultaneous, yet unrelated press conference, House Speaker Paul Ryan seemingly shrugged off the Comey hearing, saying that the director of the FBI needs to be independent and that Trump is “new” to the protocol between the White House and the Bureau, according to NBC News.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan says FBI director needs to be independent, says Trump unfamiliar with protocol, `just new to this'
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 8, 2017
Aside from scattered tweets about tuning in to the hearings, Republicans have limited their direct responses, both during and after the hearing. The Twitter account for Idaho Senator Jim Risch, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, retweeted a Fox News snippet taken from his own line of questioning in an attempt to refocus the attention of Comey’s private assurances to Trump that he was not personally under investigation.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 8, 2017
While some, such as Iowa Rep. Steve King, have taken Comey to task for a memo the former FBI director admitted to sharing with a friend of his at Columbia University Law School, many from within his own party — including the President himself — have thus far not followed his lead.