That has been suggested before, when facts seemed an afterthought in some of Trump's hastily posted tweets, but not in the same context.
Not so long ago, most of us probably thought that his regular and undisciplined tweeting was quirky, or even amusing, just another indicator of just how idiosyncratic the new US President was. Marco Rubio transformed into Trump's ablest defender on Thursday with this description of what Comey faced: "Going back, the three requests were: No. 1, be loyal. But the problem is that the United States is responsible for his actions-and we are paying daily the price for them, particularly in our global relations but also in our domestic governance". Such an offense potentially could lead to Trump being impeached, although his fellow Republicans who control Congress have shown little appetite for such a move. As Comey was testifying, Trump told a ballroom full of conservative Christian evangelicals, "We are under siege", but would wind up better than ever.
"...you're big. You're strong", she said.
The Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency concluded in a report declassified in January that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system but to affect the outcome.
Trump, through his lawyer Marc Kasowitz, denied these claims.
Comey was unabashed about accusing Trump and his administration of telling "lies", and said he began the practice of immediately making notes after talking with the president because "I was honestly concerned that he might lie" about the conversations.
"Absolutely, the president has confidence in all of his cabinet and if he didn't, they wouldn't be here", Sanders said on Thursday.
The agencies said Putin and the Russian government had a clear preference for Trump to win the White House.
That distinction may help Trump avoid an obstruction charge. "And Kasowitz convinced him that not only will I defend you, but I will attack Comey where there's room to".
The first time Trump said he accepted the findings of the intelligence agencies was at a January 11 news conference ahead of his inauguration. After the disastrous North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting two weeks ago, Trump's staff let it be known that in future lawyers would vet all tweets.
Wyden also asked about Vice President Mike Pence, noting the IN native's role IN leading the transition and asking whether Pence was "aware of the concerns about Michael Flynn prior to or during General Flynn's tenure as national security adviser?" "Everybody was waiting for the tweets, but there was nothing to gain. Trump trusts he's not trying to settle, so he will listen".
Before Comey, Republicans and Democrats had many bones to pick with Comey.
It's that the President's thoughts, however spiteful, damaging or just plain inaccurate, are sprayed straight from his brain to his 31.8 million followers and a receptive audience of millions more in mainstream and social media which disseminates them within seconds around the globe.
By early on Friday morning, Trump's Twitter account had been silent since Wednesday at 8 a.m.
Back at the Union Pub in the nation's capital, Joseph Cortese, a 22-year-old intern working for a Republican congressman, said the hearing was overblown and would not affect Trump or his agenda.
The relief, they fear, might be short-lived.
At a time when it can be hard, if not disorienting, to distinguish real-life political drama from the latest offerings on HBO or Netflix, Comey blurs the lines.