By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Finding the time to sit down and watch a lengthy congressional hearing during a workday is problematic for most of you, I get that.

But if you can find a way to watch Thursday’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee by former FBI Director James Comey, I urge you to do so.

Watch Live: James Comey Testimony at 10 a.m.

We already know from an advance copy of his opening statement that Comey will tell the senators about multiple meetings with President Trump in which the president asked for Comey’s “loyalty, ” sought publicly exoneration from Comey of complicity in the Russia hacking scandal, and asked the FBI Director to drop the ongoing criminal probe of former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn.

Although he acknowledged that the Russia probe was on his mind when he fired Comey, President Trump and his allies have and will continue to wave off all this as a partisan witch hunt. The president’s critics will claim that Comey is describing obstruction of justice, plain and simple.

But in the end, you will have to make up your own mind.

Unless tapes emerge of these meetings between Comey and the president, it will be one man’s word against the others.

The multiple ongoing investigations may or may not turn up anything more than circumstantial evidence.

And as we saw back in the Watergate era, politicians and the press can rant and rave all they want, but the final verdict on a situation like this lies with the American people.

When they made it clear they had lost trust in President Nixon, it was all over for him.

Will that happen here?

No one knows for sure. But one thing is certain – it’s never been more important for you to watch, listen, and be well-informed.

Comments (4)
  1. It’s pretty clear, already, Jon, that you have made up your mind even before the testimony is tested by cross examination.

    That seems to me to be jumping to conclusions, does it not?

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      I read the commentary. I listened to the video. It would help considerably if you would like to point out where Jon did not simply give facts. What truth is it you are afraid of, Owl? As Jon said, the final truth could go in either direction. I wonder why the right is so hesitant to see it played out. I recall a time when the right wanted to know the truth about a man it elected….one I wholly supported….because it mattered more to our country than it did to my party. Not so much any more and that is indeed sad.

  2. David Keith says:

    Wow! Has Sen. John McCain truly lost the plot? President Comey? (Comey had to point out that he was right there).

    Confused. Rambling. Was McCain having a stroke, live, on TV? Or did he just cross the line into senility? I think that something is up.

    1. bees_knees_6 says:

      I watched until about 10:30 this am. I won’t be able to watch more until tonight. I did see a clip of McCain. It is very unlike him so hope all is ok.

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