The hosts of "The View" — both the liberals and the lone conservative — took President Donald Trump to task Wednesday over his firing of FBI Director James Comey, calling the move a cover-up.
The female panel was also able to work in a direct insult at Kellyanne Conway, who spoke to Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night, as well as with Chris Cuomo on Wednesday morning. During both appearances, Conway defended Trump's firing of Comey.
The hosts unanimously agreed that there should be an independent prosecutor appointed, or a special committee, to oversee the Trump-Russia investigation despite insistence from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that the Senate will not appoint one.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg mused over Comey's firing and wondered if his dismissal was a result of his star eclipsing that of the president.
“Hell hath no fury like an orange demagogue scorned,” co-host Joy Behar added, to raucous laughter.
Reading aloud the letter that Trump sent Comey, co-host Sunny Hostin said the president lied in the letter when he claimed that Comey had told the president three times Trump was not under investigation.
“I can bet the farm on the fact that that is a complete and total lie,” Hostin said. “There is no way that the director of the FBI met with the target of the investigation to tell that target that he is not under investigation. It is unethical. It is illegal and it did not happen.”
Jedediah Bila — the conservative host on the show — questioned the timing of Comey's firing.
"I had mixed emotions about it," Bila said, "because on the one hand, I was really glad he was fired because I feel like Comey's been a problem for a long time.
"I'm glad he's gone. With that being said, the timing of this ... if you're citing in the letter that you have a problem with Comey as a result of something that happened last summer, why are you firing him today?" Bila asked. "Why didn't you fire him last summer? It doesn't make any sense."
Noting that conservatives are even questioning the president's motives, Bila said, "This is not a 'fake news' story. This is highly suspicious to anyone who's been watching what's been going on.
"Republicans should stand together if they care about their credibility and say 'We're not going to approve an FBI director until we have a special prosecutor,' " Bila later explained.
Goldberg agreed that the party should show a united front if they care about the country.
"They should stand together if they give a poop about the country," Whoopi said. "Forget everything else. It is so complicated, that it requires someone who can actually see the forest for the trees."
The women then turned their attention to Conway, whom they mocked heartily.
"They rolled out Kellyanne?" Goldberg joked.
"They rolled her out. She came out of her crypt," Behar said about Conway's defense of the president and his decision to fire Comey.
During both interviews with Cooper and Cuomo, Conway danced around allegations that the president was under investigation for purported ties to Russia and stood by Trump's decision to relieve Comey of his duties.
Co-host Sara Haines added that despite the cloudiness of the circumstances surrounding Comey's dismissal, there is a "silver lining" to the firing of Comey, which many likened to President Richard Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre.
The Massacre was one of the biggest turning points in Nixon's Watergate scandal, which ultimately led to Nixon's resignation.
Nixon refused to comply with orders to release recordings of White House conversations, and when pushed by the office of the attorney general, Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate's special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Refusing to comply with the president's order to fire Cox, Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned.
"The silver lining here to me was maybe there's actual evidence they're about to to reveal," Haines said. "Why else would he be so scared right now?"
— The View (@TheView) May 10, 2017