From yoga parties to backyard brunches — and lots of booze — people across the country tuned in to watch the real-life Scandal-esque political showdown, as former FBI director James Comey testified about the president. The photos of Comey watch parties from around the United States offered an inside look at how Americans were handling the testimony.
On Thursday, Comey began his highly anticipated congressional testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee about his encounters with President Donald Trump, who abruptly fired him in May. Comey's dismissal came in the wake of the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections. Since taking office, Trump's presidency has been mired in controversy, from an executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries to his recent decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In the transcript released prior to the testimony, however, it was apparent that Comey's statements on his dealings with Trump are some of the most provocative developments of the presidency thus far.