James Comey's Senate Testimony: Hollywood, Politicians, Public Figures React
The fired FBI director's public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday was a hot topic on Twitter.
James Comey hadn't even begun speaking before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday when politicians, Hollywood stars and other public figures began chiming in about the highly anticipated hearing on Twitter.
While Comey's hearing began at 10 a.m. ET, the Senators on the committee did all of the talking for the first 18 minutes, before Comey had even been sworn in, something that served as the focus of some of the first Hollywood-based tweets.
As the hearing went on, stars and public figures chimed in on specific things the former FBI director said and memorable exchanges with members of the committee while also drawing conclusions about the significance of Comey's comments.
Netflix's House of Cards, TBS' Full Frontal With Samantha Bee and Comedy Central's The Daily Show and @Midnight tweeted from the shows' official accounts. The Twitter accounts for several late-night shows were also particularly active during Comey's hearing.
Other frequent Tweeters from the entertainment community included George Takei, Ellen executive producer Andy Lassner, Bill O'Reilly, Katie Couric, John Cusack, Jenni Konner, Chuck Woolery, Ann Coulter, David Axelrod and Ana Gasteyer.
While President Donald Trump himself remained silent on Twitter throughout Comey's public testimony, his son Donald Trump Jr. sent out several posts defending his dad.
Read on to see what Hollywood stars, politicians and other public figures said about Comey's testimony below.
The pattern of behavior laid out in Comey's prepared testimony is extremely disturbing. Important for him to provide more context today.— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) June 8, 2017
Buy a drink for every reporter who hasn't described the Comey hearing as a "blockbuster".— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) June 8, 2017
Someone said there are more people lined up to watch Comey's testimony than there were at the inauguration.— Retta (@unfoRETTAble) June 8, 2017
COMEY, practicing in the mirror this morning: I DID NOT HAVE LOYAL RELATIONS WITH THAT MAN— Aparna Nancherla (@aparnapkin) June 8, 2017
Will any news outlets be covering Comey's testimony?— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) June 8, 2017
only in 2017 would one be launching a tour and watching comey testify at the same time— Lorde (@lorde) June 8, 2017
While the nation is at risk from international terrorism, Comey's sole objective is to trip up his superiors actually trying to fight terror— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) June 8, 2017
Previously on “Comey”… pic.twitter.com/CNIwulVdOo— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 8, 2017
Comey preparing his testimony: 'Hmmm ... who should I cast as the hero in this story? I know: ME!' [In rides Comey, set to Bonanza music.]— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) June 8, 2017
Comey opens saying he was confused by the reason he was fired by President Trump. Comey says Trump told him he was doing a great job.— Bill O'Reilly (@billoreilly) June 8, 2017
Emotional opening by Comey. Clearly aftermath of his firing an affront to him/FBI— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) June 8, 2017
Damn! Comey just made me emotional with opening remarks. Didn't expect that.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) June 8, 2017
Just reading between the lines, Comey is pissed.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 8, 2017
Comey is right where we need him.— andy lassner (@andylassner) June 8, 2017
Comey has two waters on his desk and the pattern with which he drinks them will deliver a binary message. Pay close attention. pic.twitter.com/bx3HF8O3II— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 8, 2017
The Comey hearings are even more fun if you sing "Karma Chameleon" to yourself as "Comey Chameleon" whoops sorry now it's in your head too.— @midnight (@midnight) June 8, 2017
Comey says he wrote what happened because concern about the "nature of the person" that @realDonaldTrump might lie re their meeting. Wow— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) June 8, 2017
Highlight: Comey testimony that is “not for me to say” whether Pres Trump intended to obstruct justice in talks about Flynn case.— Dan Rather (@DanRather) June 8, 2017
Comey rn: He a lie. He know he a lie. I took receipts! #ComeyHearing— Ashley Black (@ashleyn1cole) June 8, 2017
Comey knew Trump one day would ask him to show the receipts.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 8, 2017
Early conclusion - Trump screwed with the wrong guy. Comey's no bullshit. Has solid memory and notes. And is no nut job.— Michael Smerconish (@smerconish) June 8, 2017
"What the president whispered in my ear was 'I really look forward to working with you.'” - Comey pic.twitter.com/cPlqbR7S4O— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 8, 2017
I sense James Comey prepared for this hearing by watching any number of Aaron Sorkin dramas.— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) June 8, 2017
Comey claims "cloud" Trump wanted lifted = entire Russia investgn, not Comey's piggish refusal to tell public Trump NOT under investigation.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) June 8, 2017
Comey behaving how a president is supposed to behave- trump a disgrace- repubs hanging all there hopes on the words I hope - context setting— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 8, 2017
So far Comey hearing is living up to its outsized billing. Dramatic, powerful...and deeply troubling.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 8, 2017
Maybe firing Comey wasn't as good an idea as Jared Kushner thought it was— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) June 8, 2017
Everything Comey saying makes sense. Trump speaks in stream of consciousness, throws things in out of context, hard to follow/interpret him.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) June 8, 2017
Comey on Trump's tweeting about tapes:— andy lassner (@andylassner) June 8, 2017
"Lordy I hope there are tapes"
In other words, Comey to Trump:
"Bring it, bitch"
Since Comey DIDN'T read his opening statement, I fully expect a few actors to record and release dramatic readings by day's end. #ComeyDay— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) June 8, 2017
Comey: He was "aware of facts I can't discuss in open setting" that would compel AG to recuse himself from Russia probe. pic.twitter.com/cwGObd2GQ5— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 8, 2017
Comey hasn't called POTUS a liar for a while, so Dow's near session high.#comeyday— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) June 8, 2017
News will be about what Comey didn't say, not what he said. The Rabbit hole is wide and deep.— Chuck Woolery (@chuckwoolery) June 8, 2017
"This is about America not any political party." ~James Comey— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 8, 2017
Dems are playing air guitar and pretending they are at Woodstock; Comey has mostly revealed HIS weakness rather than @POTUS failure.— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) June 8, 2017
Comey " there should be no fuzz on this"— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 8, 2017
- No fuzz on obstruction of justice - impeach
Maybe Comey was wearing clothes that INVITED creepy harassment? Also, Comey should smile more. https://t.co/Yq2Ay83yxt— John Hodgman (@hodgman) June 8, 2017
Living up to his name, Blunt working hard to blunt Comey's testimony.— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 8, 2017
donald defamed comey - he defamed me - he's trying 2 defame #OBAMACARE - calling it a death spiral" - a BLATANT LIE - don't believe him EVER— ROSIE (@Rosie) June 8, 2017
Comey pretty clearly thinks the President is guilty of obstruction.— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 8, 2017
"Mr. Comey, at any point during your time with the President, did you find the strong smell of urine to be distracting?"— andy lassner (@andylassner) June 8, 2017
-Sen. Andy Lassner
“Mr. Fahey is next” “Mr. Comey, my colleague is wheeling in a hoop. Can you dunk this basketball for us?” *dunks* “Sick. That’s all I have."— Damien Fahey (@DamienFahey) June 8, 2017
If you believe Donald Trump over Jim Comey I implore you to check yourself as you are most certainly wrecking yourself (and the country)— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) June 8, 2017
Comey admits giving his Memos to friend to disseminate to MSM, yet hasn't given to Congress. WOW & he says it with straight face!— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) June 8, 2017
Comey also says the President wanted to know the factual truth and told him to get it. Paging Sherlock Holmes!— Bill O'Reilly (@billoreilly) June 8, 2017
How is Comey satisfied that Russians didn't hack HER email server in attempt to muck around w/ the election?— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) June 8, 2017
At least McCain used his 7 min to good effect: he's now clear that Comey isn't President.— Harry Shearer (@theharryshearer) June 8, 2017
The one thing James Comey said in this hearing that will perplex Donald Trump the most is that husbands have dinner dates with their wives.— andy lassner (@andylassner) June 8, 2017
Walking out the door.. but is #johnMccain ok!! He keeps saying Pres comey and seems confused— Sam Champion (@SamChampion) June 8, 2017
The latter https://t.co/Oa0cLjNyya— Jenni Konner (@JenniKonner) June 8, 2017
Latter. https://t.co/hgbTPq84vo— Jenni Konner (@JenniKonner) June 8, 2017
Sounds like a fun childhood. https://t.co/8XaLQVLAS9— Anthony Atamanuik (@TonyAtamanuik) June 8, 2017
I love you @KamalaHarris— Jenni Konner (@JenniKonner) June 8, 2017
"Why didn't you report this immediately?" Is th same questions being asked in Cosby case today.— Jenni Konner (@JenniKonner) June 8, 2017
Everyone saying this is like a sexual harassment case is exactly right. It sounds like every trial where the man orchestrates a dinner alone— Jenni Konner (@JenniKonner) June 8, 2017
You know he brings his lunch from home. #UnexpectedComeyCrush— Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer) June 8, 2017
I've always liked 'em tall, calm, humble and fair. #UnexpectedComeyCrush— Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer) June 8, 2017
Kind of crushing on Comey, ngl— Ana Gasteyer (@AnaGasteyer) June 8, 2017
No he a serial congenital liar - as he has proven in public - impeach https://t.co/6OW1Q1d40D— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 8, 2017
Remember, Trump denied saying those things to Comey, claimed tapes would prove that if they existed. Now? Silence. Because it's all true.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 8, 2017
The former fbi director - was 9 times -under oath - pressured to end Russia investigation -— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 8, 2017
Sarah Huckabee: "I can definitively say the president is not a liar." AHAHAHAHAHA— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 8, 2017
So, who had "drink every time Comey calls Trump a liar?" And how are you feeling right now?— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 8, 2017
DON'T TRY TO BE FUNNY AT THE SENATE INTELLIGENCE HEARING— billy eichner (@billyeichner) June 8, 2017
The thing about firing those who are doing their jobs is this: It sends a chill to everyone else still trying to do theirs. That's the harm.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) June 8, 2017
Trump throwing stuff at the tv https://t.co/BJOACyPGVp— John Cusack (@johncusack) June 8, 2017