‘You’re big, you’re strong’

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - — Michael Fin­negan

Fe­in­stein sparked one of the most mem­o­rable ex­changes of the Comey hear­ing by ask­ing the for­mer FBI di­rec­tor about Trump’s re­quest to pull back on the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor Michael Flynn.

“You’re big, you’re strong,” the vet­eran Demo­cratic sen­a­tor told Comey.

“I know the Oval Of­fice, and I know what hap­pens to peo­ple when they walk in. There is a cer­tain amount of in­tim­i­da­tion.

“But why didn’t you stop and say, ‘Mr. Pres­i­dent, this is wrong. I can­not dis­cuss that with you’ ”?

“Maybe if I were stronger, I would have,” Comey replied. “I was so stunned by the con­ver­sa­tion that I just took it in.”

“Maybe other peo­ple would be stronger in that cir­cum­stance,” he added. “But that’s how I con­ducted my­self. I hope I’ll never have another op­por­tu­nity. Maybe if I did it again, I would do it bet­ter.”

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