Pundits and politicians are insisting that a memo from former FBI Director James Comey — which said President Donald Trump told him, "I hope you can let this go," in reference to the Michael Flynn investigation — equates to Trump obstructing justice.
But on Tuesday, Fox News' Greg Gutfeld veered far from that reaction on "The Five," saying it comes down to the non-political way Trump communicates.
“When you say you ‘hope’ for something, it’s not a command," Gutfeld told Fox News' Bret Baier via satellite. "It's not saying you’d better do this."
Gutfeld then compared the use of "hope" to desiring a bicycle for Christmas, wanting people to show up for your birthday, and asking neighbors to be quiet while you're sleeping.
“In my mind … it seems like it’s not a big deal, which is maybe why Comey didn’t think it was obstructionist," Gutfeld continued, "so he didn’t have to comply to reporting it, because he knew ... what Trump was doing is what Trump does."
He then brought up Trump's career as a builder and real estate mogul.
"Everything to him is like visiting a construction site — it’s not what a politician says or does," Gutfeld said regarding the president. "He doesn’t understand ... how internal stuff works. So when he shows up, it's like, 'You know, I really wish we could do this for cheaper. I wish we didn't use these kinds of lights in these bathrooms, we could have done a better job.' It seems to me that this is just how Trump speaks, and Comey understood that this is how Trump speaks, therefore he didn't feel it was required to tell the DOJ of any attempt to obstruct justice."
Gutfeld said that he thought he "just explained this story better than anybody on the planet.”
Later in the segment, Gutfeld ripped Comey's memo disclosure as "very 'Mean Girls,'" noting that Trump fired Comey "in the open" as opposed to the "behind closed doors" nature of Comey's memo.
Here's the clip. The relevant portion begins just before the 9:30 mark:
(H/T: BizPac Review)