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Sen. Murphy on Comey's Testimony: 'I Have Low Expectations'

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 10:56 AM

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he had "low expectations" about answers to some questions in former FBI Director James Comey's testimony, including what was said in Comey's conversations with President Donald Trump. However, he said he did expect Comey's testimony, scheduled for Thursday, would be newsworthy.

"I think it stands to reason that he would clear up the content of those conversations," Murphy told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "It would be important to hear from Comey that the president did talk to him about the consequences, the personal consequences of Comey continuing the Russia investigation. I would like to hear that from Comey, but I have low expectations."

Murphy pointed out Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general had been careful with what he said about the issue during a private briefing.

"This is all subject to a potential criminal obstruction of justice case," Rosenstein said at that briefing, according to Murphy.

"Knowing Comey, knowing how careful he normally is, he'll make a little bit of news [Thursday], but I have a feeling he's going to be just as careful as Rosenstein was, given the potential scope of [Robert] Mueller's investigation," Murphy added in the Wednesday interview.

The senator said it appears the probe into alleged ties between Trump's campaign and Russia keeps getting deeper.

"Every single day, it feels as if the walls are closing in here," Murphy said. "There's not a single day in which you feel like you get further away from a very damaging truth to this president.

"All that feels like obstruction of justice," Murphy said in the interview about reports Trump possibly told Comey to back off the Russia investigation.

However, obstruction of justice does not necessarily lead to impeachment, Murphy said.

"The question of impeachment, if we ever get there, is a political question, not a legal question," the senator said. "So even if the President of the United States does meet the standard of obstruction of justice, you've got a separate question as to whether that rises to high crimes and misdemeanors.

"That's a pretty serious conversation, but a different one," he added.

Murphy addressed Trump's firing of Comey on May 10.

"The timing of his firing clearly suggests that President Trump is trying to influence or upend the FBI's investigation into his campaign's possible collusion with a foreign government," Murphy said in a statement. 

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Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said he had "low expectations" about answers to some questions in former FBI Director James Comey's testimony, including what was said in Comey's conversations with President Donald Trump.
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