The so-called President and his surrogates are trying to make a big deal that Comey has confirmed in his just released statement (6/7/17) to Congress that he indeed told the so-called President 3 times in private that he was not under investigation. Of course, this is irrelevant info that the Administration knows the base will think is important. They, of course, WILL think it's important because the so-called President believes, according to his own stated opinion, they have no ethics or moral grounding. More on that later.
Here is what Comey said to Congress back on March 20, 2017: "I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the TRUMP CAMPAIGN and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts. As with any counterintelligence investigation, this will also include an assessment of whether any crimes were committed."
As you can see, Comey said the investigation was directed at the Trump Campaign. Duh. Why did he not announce publicly that Trump was or was not the target? Comey wrote in his statement today that he "did not tell the President that the FBI and the Department of Justice had been reluctant to make public statements that we did not have an open case on President Trump for a number of reasons, most importantly because it would create a duty to correct, should that change."
In other words, if something were to change, Comey did not want to have to announce that the so-called President was now under investigation.
So the point of the so-called President not being the announced target is not all that important. His CAMPAIGN has been the target and has always been the target and no one has said otherwise. To make a big deal out of this is to make a big deal out of nothing.
The so-called President's attorney has said "The President feels completely and totally vindicated. He is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda.” Here's how we will know this is a lie; when the so-called President and his surrogate do not behave as if they were totally vindicated when Comey testifies.
Finally, the so-called President's supporters will be unfazed by all of this. They will claim he is vindicated, the victim of a witch hunt and that this is all fake news. It does not matter what they say because, as the so-called President has pointed out, they have no ethics or moral grounding: "I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, ok? It’s, like, incredible.” http://www.snopes.com/donald-trump-fifth-avenue-comment/
Why would he think this would be the case? Why would he think that he could commit murder (if it were self-defense this would hardly be an "incredible" assertion) and his supporters would not care? Stupidity might work but more likely it is because the so-called President believes his supporters have no ethics or morals; what they have is blind faith. And that's just fine for an egomaniac and narcissist. Those are HIS words.