Media Hypes Comey’s ‘Blockbuster,’ ‘Super Bowl’ Testimony

• June 8, 2017 5:00 am


The media has hyped former FBI Director James Comey's scheduled testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee for the past several days.

Journalists, commentators, and television hosts predicted that Comey's appearance before the committee on Thursday would be a "blockbuster" and the "super bowl" of congressional testimony.

"I think it will be one of the most explosive moments of the Trump presidency," former CBS anchor Dan Rather said.

"The most explosive and dramatic congressional testimony in a generation," CNN host Kate Bouldan said.

"Must see TV," CNN's Chris Cuomo declared.

Comey will testify before the Senate committee on the FBI investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, among other issues.

It is highly anticipated that Comey's testimony will also include details about meetings and conversations the former FBI director had with President Donald Trump. The New York Times reported last month that Trump pressured Comey to end the probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The report raised questions about whether Trump was interfering with the FBI investigation and whether that interference could be considered obstruction of justice.

ABC reported Tuesday that Comey would not accuse the president of obstruction of justice but would challenge the president's accounts of several of their meetings.

Comey's opening statement was released Wednesday afternoon.