Bars in Washington DC are opening early today so drinkers can watch former FBI director James Comey testify about the investigation into links between Donald Trump’s team and the Russian government.
Drinking establishments across the US capital have announced special breakfasts and cheap drinks to complement live coverage of what is expected to be a politically explosive session of the Senate intelligence committee.
The Union Pub on Massachusetts avenue, which is throwing its doors open at 9:30 AM, half an hour before the hearing begins, is offering free drinks to every time Donald Trump Tweets during the testimony.
“This ‘special’ will run till Comey’s testimony is over, or 4 pm, whichever is earlier,” the pub said in a Facebook post announcing the event.
Shaw’s Tavern on Florida Avenue is offering an “FBI Breakfast” of French toast, bacon, and ice cream, and $5 vodka flavours at what it is calling the “Comey hearing Covfefe.”
Meanwhile The Partisan is offering $6 cocktails called The Last Word and Drop the Bomb.
“We’ll be opening early at 10am with our TVs tuned into the hearing and sound on full blast. Of course, libations will be involved,” the bar promises on its Facebook page.
Mr Comey will appear before the Senate intelligence committee today to address questions about whether the president tried to interfere with a federal investigation into links between the White House and the Kremlin.
Mr Trump fired Mr Comey as director of the FBI last month, citing loss of confidence over the director’s handling of the investigation into Hilary Clinton’s emails during the 2016 election campaign.
Mr Comey was heading up an investigation into Russian interference in the US elections, including possible links between Mr Trump’s team and Moscow, when he was fired, prompting speculation that the president was trying to intimidate the FBI into dropping their inquiries.
In an opening statement released last night, Mr Comey said that the president demanded a promise of loyalty and repeatedly asked him to “lift the cloud” of the investigation before he was sacked.
Mr Trump also asked him state publicly that the president himself was not under investigation and requested he back away from looking into Michael Flynn, who was fired as national security advisor for misleading the White House over the nature of meetings with Russian officials, Mr Comey said in the statement.