Speaking to an audience at Belk Theatre in Charlotte, N.C., Comey said “The part that’s confusing is, I can’t quite understand what’s going on with the obstruction stuff…And I have great faith in Bob Mueller, but I just can’t tell from the letter why didn’t he decide these questions when the entire rationale for a special counsel is to make sure the politicals aren’t making the key charging decisions.”
Comey also called Attorney General William Barr’s summary report of the Mueller findings “really confusing.”
“The notion that obstruction cases are somehow undermined by the absence of proof of an underlying crime, that is not my experience in 40 years of doing this nor is it the Department of Justice’s tradition,” he said. “Obstruction crimes matter without regard to what you prove about the underlying crime.”
The former bureau director did hint that he was confused by Mueller’s report on Sunday when he tweeted a photograph of himself in a forest gazing up at trees with the caption, “So many questions.”
Comey did say he was relieved that Mueller was allowed to finish his investigation and reach a conclusion.
“The good part is that the special counsel was allowed to finish his work and reached a conclusion; that’s very, very important to this country,” he said. “The Russians really did massively interfere with the 2016 election with the goal of damaging one candidate and helping the other. That was not a hoax. That was a real thing.”
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