Former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before an open Senate hearing Thursday will go a long way to determining where Republicans will fall in line with President Donald Trump, The Hill reported.
And the interactions Comey has with Republicans during the hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee will reflect where many lawmakers are at the outset.
"Some are going to be very deferential to Comey, some are going to be more confrontational," one Republican aide told The Hill. "Some in the Republican Party will be cheering him on, pulling the 'I told you so' card, the never Trump-ers."
Most believe Republicans on the committee just want to get to the truth with Comey during the hearing, but what the former director says will go a long way to determine what they will say or do afterward.
With Trump's approval ratings ever sinking, anxiety already pervades with congressional Republicans with midterms fast approaching; GOP lawmakers are already reportedly devising their exit strategy from their president.
Comey's testimony might end up being that exit strategy.
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