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Comey to Congress: “Who Cares” Who Paid for the Anti-Trump Dossier

Former FBI Director James Comey doesn’t seem to think it’s important who paid for the salacious, unverified anti-Trump dossier.

When asked by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) who paid for the document during yesterday’s closed-door interview, Comey replied, “Who cares?”

Meadows tweeted today just after the transcript of Comey’s interview was released to the public:

I asked Director Comey about who paid for the dossier.

His response:

1) Republicans paid for it — (Republicans did not pay for it)

2) “Who cares?” Yes, this is an FBI Director apparently not caring to know who paid for information used to surveil Americans with a FISA warrant.”

According to Fox News, the transcript also reveals Comey’s rationale for sending the two FBI agents to interview Flynn in January 2017 without following standard protocol and the fact that the FBI knew “exactly” what Flynn had said to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to their questioning.

“The agents went to interview Flynn to try and understand why the national security adviser was making false statements to the vice president of the United States about his interactions with the Russians during the transition,” Comey said in response to a question from House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).

He continued, “I knew certain classified facts about the nature of his interactions with the Russians. I knew that the Vice President was making statements that he attributed to conversations he’d had with Mr. Flynn that were starkly at odds with those classified facts.”

When Gowdy stated, “You knew exactly what General Flynn had said to the Russian Ambassador before you interviewed him.” Comey replied, “Yes.”

Other highlights from Comey’s testimony:

  • He claims he didn’t hand pick the FBI agents to interview Flynn–one of whom is known anti-Trump special agent Peter Strzok. He told Gowdy, “I didn’t know what agents would go. I wanted Flynn interviewed as soon as possible.”
  • He attempted to clarify his remarks that he “got away” with not involving the White House Counsel in the Flynn interview, telling lawmakers, “In a more established environment, there would’ve been an expectation that the FBI would coordinate the interview through White House Counsel.”
  • He pushed back against claims that the FBI didn’t tell Flynn the severity of the consequences of lying to Congress:  “He was an extraordinarily experienced person and so reasonably should be assumed to understand you can’t lie to the FBI,” Comey told House Republicans .”Second, it’s not protocol. The FBI does not do that in noncustodial interviews. And, third, you want to find out what the witness will say to you before you heat up an interview by raising the prospect that the witness might be lying to you.”

NBC News reporter Mike Memoli noted the apparent inconsistencies between Comey’s testimony to Congress and his interview with NBC’s Nicolle Wallace just days prior.

Tweeting a transcript of Comey’s comments, Memoli wrote:

What’s at odds:

Comey, to Wallace 12/9: Q: What did he think they were coming there for?

COMEY: “I don’t think he knew. We didn’t tell him.”

Comey, to Gowdy 12/17: “The Deputy Director … told him what the subject matter was. … He knew what he was going to be asked about.”

 

 

 

Comey Crumbles: No Longer “Resisting” GOP Subpoena, Will Testify this Week

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify behind closed doors this Friday after initially stating he would “resist” House Republicans’ subpoena, claiming his interview would be “selectively leaked.”

On Friday, attorneys for Comey filed suit in federal court to challenge the subpoena. However, on Sunday, it was announced the former FBI Director and the Republicans had  come to an agreement. The arrangement would include a transcript of the interview which will be made public within 24 hours. It also enables Comey to speak publicly about his testimony.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Comey wrote “Grateful for a fair hearing from judge. Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don’t believe in. So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I’m free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours. This is the closest I can get to public testimony.”

Comey had previously stated he wanted to testify in public, writing on Twitter on Nov. 16,  “House Republicans can ask me anything they want but I want the American people to watch, so let’s have a public hearing. Truth is best served by transparency.”

A public testimony, however, would hinder his ability to answer certain questions. Congressman Trey Gowdy recently appeared on Fox News and slammed Comey for his calls for a public hearing.

“Did he interview Hillary Clinton in public? Did he interview George Papadopoulos in public? Did he interview Michael Flynn in public? Did he interview Huma Abedin…Cheryl Mills? Has the FBI ever conducted an interview in public and has the FBI ever conducted an interview where you are limited to five minutes, which is what happens in Congressional hearings.”

“The last time I saw Jim Comey in a public Congressional hearing, almost 100 times he said ‘I can’t answer in this setting,’ he continued. So why in the world would he want to go back to a setting where he knows he can’t answer all the questions? I’m sure he only wants me to have five minutes. I’m sure of that,” he said.

Early on Sunday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) joined Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo where he said he was expecting Comey to withdraw his motion to challenge the GOP subpoena.

“I expect that later today Mr. Comey will withdraw his motion to quash our subpoena and agree to voluntarily appear for a transcribed interview…the counsel for the house and the counsel for Mr. Comey have been working cooperatively and I expect that to happen.”

Shady Comey Sues to Block GOP Subpoena–What’s he Trying to Hide?

Lawyers for former FBI Director James Comey filed suit in federal court yesterday to challenge the House Republican’s subpoena to testify behind closed doors, prompting House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to question what the former official is trying to hide.

The filing–which is riddled with attacks on both Republicans and President Trump–states that Comey wants to prevent the Republican panel “from using the pretext of a closed interview to peddle a distorted, partisan political narrative about the Clinton and Russian investigations through selective leaks.”

Further, the lawsuit states a “poisonous combination” of “selective leaks” and tweets from President Trump “mislead the public” and “undermine public confidence in the FBI and the DOJ” (Never mind the fact that Comey admitted to his own selective leaking of details of his private interactions with Trump).

Comey has repeatedly said he would be “happy” to appear in a public hearing to “sit in the light and answer all the questions.”

However, Republicans see right through his request for a public hearing, which would enable him hide behind the excuse that he cannot answer certain questions in a public setting.

Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told Fox News, “Did (Comey) interview Hillary Clinton in public? Did he interview George Papadopoulos in public? Did he interview Michael Flynn in public? Did he interview Huma Abedin…Cheryl Mills? Has the FBI ever conducted an interview in public and has the FBI ever conducted an interview where you are limited to five minutes, which is what happens in Congressional hearings.”

**LISTEN: Dan calls B.S. on Comey pushing for a public hearing**

“The last time I saw Jim Comey in a public Congressional hearing, almost 100 times he said ‘I can’t answer in this setting,’” Gowdy continued. “So why in the world would he want to go back to a setting where he knows he can’t answer all the questions? I’m sure he only wants me to have five minutes. I’m sure of that,” he said.

Goodlatte slammed Comey for avoiding the subpoena, writing on Twitter that he is the “only witness refusing to appear voluntarily or comply with a subpoena. He needs to appear before the committees as all other witnesses have done. Let the facts come to light. The truth IS best served with transparency. What is Director Comey trying to hide from the American people with his baseless motion to quash?”

Comey Vows to “Resist” GOP Subpoena

Former FBI Director James Comey announced he would “resist” the Republican subpoena for him to appear in a closed-door hearing, claiming they would “selectively leak” and “distort” his testimony.

Taking to Twitter on Thanksgiving Day, Comey wrote, “Happy Thanksgiving. Got a subpoena from House Republicans. I’m still happy to sit in the light and answer all questions. But I will resist a “closed door” thing because I’ve seen enough of their selective leaking and distortion. Let’s have a hearing and invite everyone to see.”

Last week, Comey Tweeted his desire for a public hearing, writing “Truth is best served by transparency.”

Conservatives like the Washington Examiner’s Byron York were quick to point out the hypocrisy of Comey’s complaint about “selective leaking” given his deliberate leak to the media of his private meetings with President Trump.

Earlier this week, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) slammed Comey for calling for a public hearing, claiming it would enable the former FBI Director to hide behind the excuse of not being able to answer the questions in a public setting.

Gowdy told Fox and Friends, “Did he interview Hillary Clinton in public? Did he interview George Papadopoulos in public? Did he interview Michael Flynn in public? Did he interview Huma Abedin…Cheryl Mills? Has the FBI ever conducted an interview in public and has the FBI ever conducted an interview where you are limited to five minutes, which is what happens in Congressional hearings.”

**LISTEN: Dan calls B.S. on Comey pushing for a public hearing**

“The last time I saw Jim Comey in a public Congressional hearing, almost 100 times he said ‘I can’t answer in this setting,’ he continued. So why in the world would he want to go back to a setting where he knows he can’t answer all the questions? I’m sure he only wants me to have five minutes. I’m sure of that,” he said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) is planning to have Comey testify on November 29, and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch on December 5.

Goodlatte plans to question the two on matters relating to their “decision making” during the 2016 presidential race.

GOP members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees are “eager” to question Comey on his controversial decision to not recommend a criminal indictment against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State.

They also wish to ask Comey about the memos he kept of his meetings and conversations with President Trump.