Comey tests GOP loyalty to the current POTUS – BY ALEXANDER BOLTON – 06/06/17 06:00 AM EDT

Former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to Congress will be a deep test of Republican loyalty to President Trump.

Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday may be the most dramatic hearing on Capitol Hill in decades.

It’s must-watch TV, and CBS and Fox announced Monday that they would carry the hearing live.

Republicans are unlikely to reflexively defend Trump, say Senate aides.

Nearly half of Americans surveyed last month by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal thought Trump fired Comey to slow down the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between his administration and Russia.

Instead, sources say to watch for GOP senators to press Comey on the details of his conversations with the president to determine whether improper pressure was brought on the FBI to drop a politically sensitive investigation.

“That is why the tone, the exact words that were spoken and the context are so important,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a member of the Intelligence Committee, said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” over the weekend.


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