Perhaps the most damning part of former FBI Director James Comey’s entire testimony on Thursday came when Sen. Joe Manchin asked him if the president ever showed any “concern or interest or curiosity” about what the Russians did during the election. Not really, Comey responded. Other than during the intelligence community’s initial briefing of Trump on the Russian meddling, Comey said:
I don’t remember any conversation with the president about the Russia election interference.
Then Comey made an impassioned case for why the Russian meddling is such a “big deal” and people should be paying attention to it. American democracy is literally under attack by Russia, which is trying to inject itself into our elections by shaping “the way we think, we vote, we act.”
“It’s not about Republicans or Democrats. They’re coming after America,” Comey said. “They think that this great experiment of ours is a threat to them. So they’re going to try to run it down and dirty it up as much as possible. That’s what this is about, and they will be back.”
Meanwhile, Trump just yesterday told Sec. of State Rex Tillerson to work on rehabilitating our relationship with the very foreign power that executed that attack.
So yeah, Putin’s coming for America, working diligently to undermine our democracy, and not only did Trump never ask Comey about it, he’s giving Putin a big open-armed bear hug.
Here’s a longer excerpt of the Comey comments every American should read.
The reason this is such a big deal is, we have this big messy wonderful country where we fight with each other all the time. But nobody tells us what to think, what to fight about, what to vote for except other Americans. And that’s wonderful and often painful. But we’re talking about a foreign government that using technical intrusion, lots of other methods, tried to shape the way we think, we vote, we act. That is a big deal. And people need to recognize it. It’s not about Republicans or Democrats. They’re coming after America, which I hope we all love equally. They want to undermine our credibility in the face the world. They think that this great experiment of ours is a threat to them. So they’re going to try to run it down and dirty it up as much as possible. That’s what this is about and they will be back. Because we remain — as difficult as we can be with each other — we remain that shining city on the hill. And they don’t like it.
Watch the exchange below.