James Comey Testimony Drinking Game: Play Bingo as the Former FBI Director Is Questioned

Comey Testimony Bingo
If Comey's testimony should inspire you to drink, this is the most efficient way to do it. Reuters/Newsweek

James Comey on Thursday will appear before Congress to testify about his interactions with President Donald Trump and what he knows about potential links between the Trump campaign and Russia's efforts to influence the election. We know from Comey's opening statement, which was released Wednesday, that Trump demanded loyalty and asked the former FBI director to "lift the cloud" of the agency's probe into his connection with Russia.

Comey's testimony has been highly anticipated due to the ramifications it could have for the Trump administration, which has been under heavy fire as damaging reports continue to surface in regard to its connections to Russia. Trump firing Comey from his post as FBI director on May 9 set in motion a series of events that is culminating with Thursday's testimony, most notable among them the revelation that Comey took "contemporaneous notes" about his interactions with Trump.

A week after Comey was fired, it was reported that, according to Comey's notes, Trump asked the then-FBI director to "let this go" in reference to the federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia. The request prompted Comey to write a memo immediately following the meeting, and reports of the memo's contents resulted in a nation-wide discussion as to whether Trump obstructed justice by suggesting to Comey that the FBI should back off of Flynn.

Obstruction of justice, however, is a murky issue, especially as it pertains to a sitting president. The U.S. Department of Justice defines it as "corruptly endeavored to influence, obstruct, or impede." Corruption, though, is open to interpretation. "You have to show that there was a corrupt intent," former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg told Newsweek. "If someone were defending Trump, they might say he's naïve and there wasn't bad intent. He simply didn't understand the rules of the road."

The question heading into Comey's testimony, then, is if he will reveal anything that could strengthen the ability to prove that Trump's intentions were corrupt. Comey may also be able to provide further insight into the relationship between Russia and Trump's campaign, transition team and/or administration.

Regardless of whether anything revealed during Comey's testimony will result in any real consequences for the Trump administration, the testimony will be an occasion to drink, because: Why not? If you're at home with friends or at the bar on your lunch break, here's a guide to having the best time possible while watching someone sit at a desk and field questions from members of Congress.

Related: Read Comey's full prepared remarks for Trump-Russia hearing

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