After FBI Director James Comey both contradicted President Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor and confirmed that the bureau is probing his campaign's links to Moscow, critics including MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called it the "worst day" of the Trump presidency so far. The "double blow" from Comey may have inflicted some real damage on the president, the Hill reports, though the White House is trying its best to distance itself from figures with Russian connections—and to make the real story one about leaks of classified information to the media. A roundup of coverage:
- Politico lists five takeaways from what it calls an "explosive hearing" before the House Intelligence Committee. The top one: Far from being a Trump lackey, Comey has shown that he is more than willing to buck the president.
- Republicans complained that Comey didn't say when the investigation into alleged Russian election interference would end, the New York Times reports. "The longer this hangs out there, the bigger the cloud," said Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the Republican chair of the committee. "If you have evidence, especially as it relates to people working in the White House or in the administration, that is information we really should know."
- The Washington Post lists winners and losers from the hearing. Winners include Comey and Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House committee. Trump tops the list of losers, because now, "the questions about wiretapping and Russia are going to grow louder."
- The AP reports that Democrats are furious about the fact that Comey shook up the White House race by disclosing information about the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails, but stayed silent about the Trump-Russia probe. In his testimony, Comey said Russia "hates" Clinton and wanted her to lose.
- Breitbart reports that Rush Limbaugh had a different take: On his radio show Monday, he described it as a warning from the Washington establishment that Trump will face impeachment unless he stops trying to "drain the swamp."
(Comey responded to tweets from Trump while he was still testifying