Washington D.C. — Critics from both sides of the political aisle are questioning former FBI Director James Comey to “live stream” his testimony to his Facebook wall given that the hearing by the Senate Intelligence Committee was receiving wide coverage in the media.
After seating himself in front of the committee, Mr. Comey sipped some water and immediately held up his iPhone as he began to speak. The iPhone made a beeping notification indicated he had started to record the session. Republican Chairman Richard Burr immediately voiced his objections to Mr. Comey recording the event.
“Mr. Comey, this is highly irregular,” said Senator Burr. “Would you please turn off your phone and put it away.”
Mr. Comey initially ignored the request, and continued to read his prepared comments which were released to the press the previous even.
“Mr. Chairman,” said Mr. Comey seeming annoying after interrupting himself, “I think it’s appropriate to record these proceedings given the gravity of the situation. I am a disciplined note and record taker. This is completely in-line with how I conducted myself while I served as the Director of the Bureau. Also, I wanted to have my family and friends with me here for support, and live-streaming is the perfect medium for that.”
After he completed his defense, Mr. Comey continued reading his prepared comments. According to people in the room, people sitting directly behind him moved out-of-the-way of his camera not wanting to be included in his live-stream. Senator Marco Rubio refused to address Comey due to his well-publicized fear of the Internet.