Pelican Brief Scene of President and FBI Director


The 1993 film adaptation of The Pelican Brief may have been released decades before Donald Trump‘s presidency, but one specific scene seems eerily reminiscent of current political goings-on. On June 26, a Reddit user resurfaced a pivotal scene from the legal thriller and implied that it seemed super similar to James Comey’s claims about a conversation he had with the president.

When Comey recently testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the former FBI director said Trump had allegedly asked him to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Specifically, Comey has repeatedly claimed that Trump said, “I hope you can let this go.”

In The Pelican Brief, a very similar conversation takes place between the president — played by the late Robert Culp — and FBI Director F. Denton Voyles (played by James Sikking). As the government scrambles to cover up the assassination of two Supreme Court justices, the president pressures the FBI director to simply let it go. Sound familiar?

In the scene, the president says, “Well, Denton, I don’t have to tell you how much trouble and pain this nonsense could cause if the press gets wind of it,” adding, “I just wish that you’d back off of the thing. I mean, what the hell? It’s a goose chase.” Watch the chill-inducing scene in its entirety above.