Nine supporters of President Donald Trump watched former FBI Director James Comey testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8 in Fairfield, Ohio, and then gave their opinions to CNN (video below).
CNN reporter Gary Tuckman told the Trump voters: "...It is a crime when you testify before Congress to lie, it is perjury and you can to prison for it. Raise your hand if you believe James Comey lied at all."
Four Trump voters on the panel raised their hands.
Tuckman recalled to the voters that Comey said Trump "told lies, plain and simple."
He then asked the voters: "Raise your hand if you believe that Donald Trump lied at all about the situation."
No one raised their hand.
Tuckman noted that five voters didn't think Trump or Comey lied, and wondered aloud how that could logically be possible.
One Trump supporter tried to lay blame on the media: "Things can be distorted and appear like lies, and I think maybe the media might have be distorted some things, and now we’re not getting both sides."
None of the Trump voters thought there was anything wrong with Trump firing Comey, who was leading a criminal FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with the Russia government.
Tuckman also asked the Trump voters: "A show of hands, how many of you feel better about Donald Trump, your president, after this hearing?"
All of the Trump voters raised their hands.
Jennifer Rubin, a conservative columnist for The Washington Post, stated on MSNBC's "Hardball" that Comey's testimony was "devastating" for the president, reports Raw Story:
Actually, I thought it was a devastating day for the president. What [Comey] painted was not any one incident, but a portrait of the way this guy operates, which no one on the Republican side is going to defend.
Now the question is just whether this was highly inappropriate, whether this was impeachable or whether this is grounds for a criminal prosecution. [Trump] comes across like a sleazy guy trying to lean on Jimmy Stewart, the director of the FBI. And frankly, "Comeyleak" has nothing to do with the price of tea in China.
It's completely irrelevant to what Trump is doing. And it just struck me as a cheesy character assassination, which is exactly what Trump doesn't need right now.
Donald Trump Jr. announced on Fox News' "Hannity" that the entire controversy has now passed away and nothing is standing in his father's way, notes Mediaite:
This has been a ten-month witch hunt. This is the only thing that they had on Trump. This is what they did to distract him from being able to get the stuff done that he was ultimately elected to do. And I think now that this is all passed, he can go back to doing what he promised he was gonna do. There’s no clouds. Nothing getting in his way.