Week in Review (5th June – 9th June)

Comey testifies in front of Congress on Capitol Hill

On Thursday former FBI Director James Comey gave his highly-anticipated testimony regarding the alleged Russian meddling in last year´s presidential campaign. Comey gave a prepared statement on Wednesday evening talking about the encounters  which he had had with the President and his thoughts on why he was fired.

He told the Congress that President Donald Trump demanded loyalty from him and also confirmed that the President asked him to drop the investigation into the ties between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and Russia. Comey further confirmed that the President was not under scrutiny, which seemed to be the most important thing for Mr Trump. Comey stated that he thinks he was fired over the Russian investigation.

The testimony did not cast the President in the best light but Comey shied away from stating it was an obstruction of justice. He said that the terms that were used during their conversations could be interpreted differently and he leaves the question open for his successor. But Comey felt the need to write down every detail from his conversations with Donald Trump as he was concerned the President might lie about their interactions.

After his public hearing on Thursday, the testimony continued in a closed setting.

highly-anticipated (ˈhaɪli-ænˈtɪsɪpt) – mit Spannung erwartet

testimony (ˈtestɪməni) – die (Zeugen)aussage

alleged (əˈleʤd) – angeblich

to meddle (ˈmed) – sich einmischen

to be prepared (prɪˈpd) – hier: vorverfasst

statement (ˈsttmənt) – die Äusserung

encounter (ɪnˈkntəʳ) – die Begegnung

to demand (dɪˈmɑ:nd) – etwas verlangen, fordern

to drop (drɒp) – etwas fallen lassen

tie (t) – hier: die Verbindung

further (ˈfɜ:ðəʳ) – weiterhin

under scrutiny (ˈskru:tɪni) – unter Beobachtung sein

to state (stt) – etwas aussagen

to shy away (ʃ əˈw) – sich scheuen, vor etwas zurückschrecken

obstruction of justice (əbˈstrʌkʃən ˈʤʌstɪs) – die Rechtsbehinderung

terms (tɜ:m) – hier: die Begriffe, die Formulierungen

successor (səkˈsesəʳ) – der Nachfolger

might (mt) – hier: könnte