Former FBI Director James Comey made it clear during Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that he wasn’t too thrilled with the outcome of his one-on-one dinner with President Trump.
But aside from the “awkward silence[s]” and Trump’s repeated requests for loyalty, Comey revealed that he had another, more personal reason to be miffed: He was forced to cancel a previously planned dinner date with his wife.
During Comey’s testimony, Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) asked the former FBI director if he “in any way” initiated his and Trump’s Jan. 27 dinner at the White House, to which replied that he did not.
“No. [President Trump] called me at my desk at lunchtime and asked me, was I free for dinner that night,” said Comey.
“[President Trump] called himself and said, ‘Can you come over for dinner tonight?’ And I said, ‘Yes sir.’ He said, ‘Will 6 work?’ I think he said 6 first. Then he said ‘I was going to invite your whole family, but we’ll do that next time. I want you to come over. Is that a good time?’ And I said, ‘Sir, whatever works for you.’ And then he said, ‘How about 6:30?’ And I said, ‘Whatever works for you, sir.’”
According to Comey’s testimony, he and Trump eventually agreed to meet at 6:30 p.m. and ended their phone call.
Comey’s next call, however, may not have gone as smoothly as the one before it.
“I had to call my wife and break a date with her,” Comey told the Senate panel. “I was supposed to take her out to dinner that night.”
King, not missing a beat, chimed in to assure Comey he was probably justified in canceling his dinner date with wife Patrice Failor.
“That’s one of the all-time great excuses for breaking a date,” joked King, eliciting laughter from the room.
“In retrospect, I would’ve — I love spending time with my wife. I wish I had been there that night,” said Comey.