The past few weeks in Washington have been anything but boring. The two highly publicized testimonies of former FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have created a media frenzy not only in D.C. but around the world.
On Thursday, May 8 nearly 20 million people tuned into various news stations to listen into James Comey’s senate testimony, according to Forbes. During Comey’s public testimony, which lasted close to three hours, Twitter was abuzz with nearly 3.6 million tweets in response to the content of the testimony.
Comey’s testimony, while potentially damaging for President Trump, had a very positive impact on Wall Street. CNN Money reported the Nasdaq reached a record high by the close of Comey’s testimony, which they believe is due to the lack of incriminating information provided by Comey in the public forum.
Coverage of Comey’s testimonies, public and private, continued to make headlines and fill Twitter feeds well into the following weekend, fueling the media fire surrounding Jeff Sessions’ upcoming testimony.
News of Sessions intent to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee broke less than 48 hours after James Comey’s testimony. Attorney General Jeff Sessions was originally scheduled to testify about the Justice Department’s budget, but felt inclined to clear his name in the Russia probe.
Sessions’ testimony on Tuesday, May 13 brought in an estimated 7.6 million viewers, not including those who watched through online live streams. While Sessions’ testimony did not produce any catchy one-liners like Comey’s “Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” Sessions did create doubts about the truthfulness of Comey’s testimony, thus further complicating this already complicated investigation.
With the potential for more Senate testimonies from President Trump’s aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and even from President Trump himself, it seems likely that viewership and news coverage surrounding the Russian-interference investigation will only intensify.