House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte discusses the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey.
The biggest takeaway according to Goodlatte is that 245 times Comey claimed ignorance when asked questions by House Judiciary. They’ll be coming back at Comey on December 17th. Goodlatte calls it disappointing and disturbing that he couldn’t answer their questions.
Comey did things in clear violations of FBI protocol.
Representative Jim Jordan gives Judge Jeannine the lowdown on the testimony from Comey:
OUR PREVIOUS REPORT ON THE COMEY TESTIMONY:
The transcripts from former FBI Director, James Comey’s closed-door testimony in front of the House Oversight Committee yesterday have been released (read here) . After his testimony, James Comey addressed the press, as he attempted to paint his interview with the committee as a waste of time, suggesting the lawmakers were only interested in discussing Hillary’s emails.
James Comey: "Two things are clear to me. One, we could have done this in open setting, & two, when you read the transcript you will see that we are talking again about Hillary Clinton's emails for heaven's sake. So I'm not sure we need to do this at all." https://t.co/G8UG347Otz pic.twitter.com/MYg8o7dXBP
— The Hill (@thehill) December 8, 2018
That wasn’t exactly true. Comey was faced with numerous questions related to his role and the role of others in the intelligence community when it came to obtaining the FISA warrants on an active political compaign, only weeks before the election.
When Comey was asked about his refusal to answer questions, he laughed it off and suggested that the media read the transcripts.
Chad Pergram of Fox News helped to summarize the testimony with his tweet, revealing some “Some factoids” about Comey’s testimony.
Some factoids from the Comey interview. Comey said he “didn’t remember” 71 times. “Didn’t know” 166 times. “I don’t recall” 8 times. Also, not a lot of discussion about Clinton’s emails as Comey suggested in the hallway yesterday. Comey to return for a 2nd session on Dec 17
Some factoids from the Comey interview. Comey said he "didn't remember" 71 times. "Didn't know" 166 times. "I don't recall" 8 times. Also, not a lot of discussion about Clinton's emails as Comey suggested in the hallway yesterday. Comey to return for a 2nd session on Dec 17
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 8, 2018
John Cardillo of Newsmax tweeted the perfect summary of Comey’s testimony yesterday, calling James Comey a #Liar:
@Comey’s own testimony supports his firing. He knew nothing, saw nothing, and did nothing. According to Comey, he collected a paycheck and was completely ignorant of the details of the most significant investigations going on at the Bureau. #Liar
.@Comey’s own testimony supports his firing. He knew nothing, saw nothing, and did nothing.
According to Comey, he collected a paycheck and was completely ignorant of the details of the most significant investigations going on at the Bureau.#Liar https://t.co/7GAi62faNj pic.twitter.com/9xOtMjCZ7l
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 8, 2018
Cardillo destroyed Comey in a brutal tweet, after reading all 235 pages of Comey’s testimony, Cardillo said he is “shocked at how the FBI operated on his watch”
I read all 235 pages of Comey’s testimony and I’m shocked at how the FBI operated on his watch.
According to him, he was a checked out disengaged Director who knew nothing, and whose agents kept him in the dark about everything while showing zero respect for his authority.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 8, 2018
John Soloman of The Hill wrote about Comey’s testimony yesterday, mocking him for his refusal to answer the questions that were being asked by the lawmakers. Soloman claims that Comey’s testimony confirms that the phony Russian dossier was not verified before or after the FISA warrant was issued.
The failures of Comey’s remarkably turbulent and short tenure as FBI director were on display again Friday on Capitol Hill, when he was interviewed in a closed-door session by two House committees. Republican lawmakers were aghast at his sudden lack of recollection of key events.
He didn’t seem to know that his own FBI was using No. 4 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as a conduit to keep collecting intelligence from Christopher Steele after the British intel operative was fired by the bureau for leaking and lying. In fact, Comey didn’t seem to remember knowing that Steele had been terminated, according to sources in the room.
“His memory was so bad I feared he might not remember how to get out of the room after the interview,” one lawmaker quipped. Lamented another: “It was like he suddenly developed dementia or Alzheimer’s, after conveniently remembering enough facts to sell his book.”
Faintness of memory is a common symptom for witnesses under the intense spotlight. But lawmakers were relieved when Comey could remember one fact that is essential to understanding if his FBI acted appropriately in the investigation of Donald Trump and Russia.
The towering ex-FBI boss confessed that the FBI had not corroborated much of the Steele dossier before it was submitted as evidence to a secret court to support a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the final weeks of the election.
And Comey admitted much of the dossier remained uncorroborated more than six months later when he was fired by President Trump.
I won’t waste too much time harping on the enormity of this confession. Everyday Americans now know that the FISA court process is an honor system and that the FBI may only submit evidence it has verified to the judges.
Comey now has confirmed what Republican lawmakers like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Rep. Mark Meadows(R-N.C.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) have warned about for months – that the FBI used an unverified dossier, paid for by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party as political opposition research, to justify spying on the duly nominated GOP candidate for president just weeks before Election Day.
Gregg Jarrett of Fox News tweeted about his hope that Willaim Barr, Trump’s new AG will ensure that all players recieve the justice they deserve for their role in the phony Russia-Trump scandal.
Jarrett tweeted: I’m hoping William Barr, an outstanding lawyer, will clean up the corruption at the Department of Injustice and FBI. Prosecute Comey, McCabe Strzok, Steele, Ohr, Simpson, and others. And fire Robert Khuzam, who is “acting” as a US Attorney.
I’m hoping William Barr, an outstanding lawyer, will clean up the corruption at the Department of Injustice and FBI. Prosecute Comey, McCabe Strzok, Steele, Ohr, Simpson, and others. And fire Robert Khuzam, who is “acting” as a US Attorney.
— Gregg Jarrett (@GreggJarrett) December 8, 2018