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NBC to Harris: Did You Think Comey’s Opening Statement Would Be More of a Smoking Gun?

• June 8, 2017 8:17 am

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NBC host Savannah Guthrie asked Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) on Thursday if she expected more of a "smoking gun" in former FBI Director James Comey's released opening statement, suggesting the testimony wasn't as incriminating for President Donald Trump as Democrats may have hoped.

The Senate Intelligence Committee released Comey's prepared remarks a day ahead of his scheduled testimony Thursday. Comey delved into conversations with Trump that confirmed some past media reports, such as Trump asking him to lay off the probe into ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and refuted others, like that Comey never told Trump he wasn't personally under investigation.

"Did you think the Comey statement would be more of a smoking gun than what you see?" Guthrie asked on "The Today Show."

Harris said she didn't have any specific expectations.

"I will say that as we go forward, it is very important that we get to the heart of the matter and get to the truth," Harris said. "What happened? That's the most important thing … It's just drama, and everyone is watching it. But this is not a television show. This is about the office of the president of the United States."

Harris is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and will be among the lawmakers questioning Comey. His testimony will be his first public remarks since Trump fired him on May 9.