In his opening remarks, Comey says “those were lies plain and simple”. The initial reaction is a small retreat of USD/JPY from the highs. Later on, further juicy revelations do not trigger a significant market movement.
Comey said that he understood that Trump’s “hope” for letting Flynn go was a directive, but Comey did not cooperate. He did not trust Trump to tell the truth and that’s why he documented his interactions with him. Asking all the others to leave the room and asking about the Flynn investigation was more than weird.
After Trump asked Comey to stay twice, the president asked for loyalty and asked again about his job. Comey felt his job was contingent on loyalty.
Comey also documented the conversations in a declassified manner, in order to enable their future publication. He just didn’t trust the President.
Comey left the “obstruction of justice” question open but offered a full documentation and Trump does not look good. The story will continue.
Comey Live Blog – as it happened
Comey testimony background
Former FBI Director James B. Comey testifies before the Senate about his interactions with Trump. The prepared statement was already released yesterday. It was certainly disturbing regarding Trump’s behavior. However, it did not tell us anything we did not know, allowing USD/JPY to rise and gold to fall.
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