"Last week, in highly anticipated Senate testimony, fired F.B.I. Director James Comey delivered a stinging rebuke and strong indictment of Donald Trump as an abuser of power, twister of arms and, above all, a spewer of lies.
No fewer than five times did Comey accuse Trump of lying.
The White House’s response as issued from the mouth of spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “I can definitely say the president is not a liar, and I think it’s, frankly, insulting that question would be asked.”
No, you saying he’s not a liar is a lie, and it is the American people who are insulted.
Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning, writing:
“Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication ... and WOW, Comey is a leaker!”
That too was a lie.
During a Rose Garden press conference Friday afternoon with the president of Romania, Trump answered the question of why he felt “complete vindication” by speaking in a hodgepodge of hashtags:
“No collusion, no obstruction, he’s a leaker.”
If America is confronted with a he-said, he-said standoff between Trump and Comey, the former having a documented history as a pathological liar and the latter not, who one grants the benefit of the doubt to is easily answered: Comey.
And yet, there was something many seemed to find unsatisfying about Comey’s testimony: There was no knockout blow. It wasn’t the penultimate moment that guaranteed impeachment, but rather just another moment in what will likely be a plodding inquiry....