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All The Best Reactions From People Watching James Comey's Testimony At Bars

Covfefe and Russian vodka were served.

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At Ace's in the city's Nob Hill neighborhood, a mix of around 25 spectators and regulars gathered to watch CNN.

Tommy Whalen, the bar's co-owner, said that while the New York-sports-themed bar — complete with seats from Yankee Stadium — opened every day at 6 a.m., it had roughly double the attendance it would have on a normal Thursday.

"We had some regulars that come in the morning that wanted to see this. Obviously it's a really big deal," he said. "Usually you don't want politics in the bar, but if it's this big of a deal you can bend the rules."

Whalen said that while the bar sometimes shows the news with the sound off in the afternoons, he has never shown a congressional testimony with sound before.

"It's never something that's that big of a deal and has the potential to impeach the president," he added.

Jason O'Hara, a 36-year-old Ace's regular, said he didn't know the Comey testimony was happening and only popped in to visit Whalen and the bartender.

"The only thing that comes on this early is soccer," he said.


The subject of the captioned photo is Jake Russell. An earlier version of this post misstated his name.


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