Comey will not face the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence until Thursday at 10 a.m. EDT, but the publication Wednesday of his planned statement sparked an internet firestorm that was swift — and mostly partisan.
"Comey opening statement for tmrw's hrng, reads like a Tom Clancy novel. Buckle-up America. Ride about to get bumpy."
Sahil Kapur, a reporter for Bloomberg, shared Sen. John McCain's response, tweeting,
"McCAIN reacts to Comey's written testimony. 'Just as I suspected... I think there's going to be many shoes to drop before this one is over."'
Ted Lieu, a Democrat representing California's 33rd congressional district, praised Comey's statement.
"In our Republic, there is one and only one loyalty oath: to the Constitution of the United States. Pleased Comey followed that principle."
Preet Bharara, a federal prosecutor who was fired by Trump in March, condemned the president's alleged actions that Comey laid out in his remarks. He tweeted,
"Obstruction aside, it's NEVER ok for a POTUS privately to ask an FBI Director to drop a criminal investigation. Extraordinary, wrong & dumb."
The Republican National Committee responded to the release with a touch of humor.
Editor-in-chief of the conservative news outlet the Daily Wire, Ben Shapiro, argued Comey's testimony proved Trump's innocence.
Dinesh D'Souza, conservative filmmaker and author, highlighted parts of Comey's testimony where he confirmed that Trump is not personally being investigated by the FBI.