The most laughter that erupted during what was really a rather serious exchange today between James Comey and Maine Senator Angus King without doubt left confusion over the ever-larger Donald Trump who is known to be putting on weight and also not a reader. Or a deep thinker.
The former FBI Director was discussing what he has described as Trump’s “hope” that Comey could let go of the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. And thenb Comey referenced the murder of Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury, in 1170.
“Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?” is the line Comey referred to. King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, then filled in the blanks on the history about how King Henry II of England said as much of Becket, only to have him killed the next day. The scene was immortalized in pop culture in the 1964 movie “Becket,” starring Richard Burton as the doomed cleric and Peter O’Toole as the monarch. The play version is frequently staged as well.
It brought smiles and laughter and all knew that Trump would never be able to deliver such a line.