Circus feel to testimony

That is not a calliope playing in the background and, no, the circus is not coming to town.

No, the hoopla this week is about the testimony Thursday by former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee. For the first time since his firing by Donald Trump on May 9, Comey will speak publicly about conversations he had with the president.

Among items Comey is expected to be asked about and testify to are reports that Trump asked him to ease up on the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and assertions by the president that the former FBI director assured him three times that he was not the subject of an investigation.

All of this, of course, is part of the investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election.

Reportedly, Comey made what are called “contemporaneous notes” about his conversations with Trump after several meetings. Analysts say these notes — made immediately after a meeting — have been ruled admissible in court.

So, interest in the hearing is at a fever pitch. CNN even referred to it as “Washington’s Super Bowl.” Reports Tuesday said Trump has pledged to “live Tweet” the hearing, so the president can get his two cents in while Comey is speaking.

Don’t expect Comey to get into any evidence gathered in the Russia investigation — he will not want to step on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s continuing work.

Comey’s interactions with Trump should provide the meat of the hearing. You can watch it live starting at 4 a.m. Thursday on networks or on your favorite streaming devices.

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