Commentator Keith Olbermann characterized pronouncements Thursday by former FBI Director James Comey as the “most damning things ever spoken about any president in our history.”
Olbermann, the volatile host of GQ’s “The Resistance,” laid out the case that Comey all but said President Donald Trump is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice and links to Russia’s election meddling.
“James Comey has now implied under oath that the president is being investigated by the Justice Department for possible collusion with the Russian government in tampering with the 2016 election, and that the president is also being investigated for possible obstruction of justice,” Olbermann asserted.
It’s a simple “logic exercise” to reach that conclusion, Olbermann explained. When Comey was asked by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) if he believed Trump “colluded with Russia,” Olbermann quoted Comey as saying: “That’s a question I don’t think I should answer in an open setting ... but that’s a question that will be answered by the investigation, I think.”
Olbermann asked: “Who would you investigate to see if Trump colluded with Russia? Trump and all around him. Conclusion? Special Counsel [Robert] Mueller is investigating Donald Trump, perhaps right now, about collusion with Russia.”
Comey was also asked by Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) if he thought the president’s actions urging Comey to drop an investigation of booted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn constituted obstruction of justice. Comey replied: “I don’t think it’s for me to say ... I took it as a very disturbing thing ... [and] that’s a conclusion I’m sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that’s an offense.”
Comey said he took Trump’s words to mean dropping the Flynn investigation is “what he wants me to do.”
Comey said he believes he was fired “because of the Russian investigation.” He testified he has no doubt that Russia interfered in the presidential election in an operation directed from the “top of that government.”
“There is no fuzz on that,” he said.
Check out what else Olbermann had to say in the video above.