Donald Trump simply cannot stop tweeting. Yesterday, as reported here and elsewhere, FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that the FBI is investigating possible collusion between the Trump team and Russia. For any responsible politician, this would be a sobering moment – after all, it is extraordinary that the sitting president of United States is at the center of an ongoing FBI investigation.
How did Donald Trump respond? By issuing a flurry of self-serving live tweets.
From the Atlantic: “If you watched James Comey’s sensational testimony on Capitol Hill Monday—or read about it in the ensuing avalanche of coverage from mainstream media organizations—you saw something extraordinary take place: For the first time, the FBI director publicly confirmed that the Justice Department is investigating whether President Trump’s campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election… But if you happen to be one of the millions of Americans who gets your news—at least in part—from Trump’s presidential Twitter feed, you saw a very different story unfold Monday.”
“In an unprecedented—and somewhat surreal—attempt at real-time revisionism on the part of the White House, the official @POTUS Twitter account spent the afternoon live-tweeting the House Intelligence Committee hearing where Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers were testifying. Over the course of three hours, the presidential Twitter feed posted half-a-dozen video clips from the hearing, each with a brief description that aimed to advance Trump’s self-interested version of the Russia controversy.”