WASHINGTON – President Trump went after former FBI Director James Comey in a Sunday morning tweet.
“On 245 occasions, former FBI Director James Comey told House investigators he didn’t know, didn’t recall, or couldn’t remember things when asked. Opened investigations on 4 Americans (not 2) – didn’t know who signed off and didn’t know Christopher Steele. All lies!” Trump wrote.
“Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day,” Trump continued. “His Friday testimony was so untruthful! This whole deal is a Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become President. They are now exposed!” Trump added.
Comey was on Capitol Hill for six hours on Friday, briefing House members behind closed doors, as Republicans try to conclude their investigation into bias at the Justice Department during the 2016 election. Democrats take control of the chamber come January.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) accused Comey’s FBI lawyer of not allowing the former official to be forthcoming with lawmakers. “One of the disappointment of this deposition so far has been the amount of times in which the FBI believes that Congress doesn’t have the right to know,” Issa said. “The Department of Justice is going to have to agree to allow him to come back and answer a great many questions that currently he is not answering.”
Comey, who had wanted the hearing with lawmakers to be in a public setting, suggested Republicans were retreading over old ground. “After a full day of questioning a few things are clear to me. One – we could have done this in an open setting,” Comey said. “And two – when you read the transcript you’ll see that we’re talking again about Hillary Clinton’s emails for heaven’s sake. So I’m not sure we need to do this at all.”
Comey has agreed to return to Capitol Hill for more Q&A on Dec. 17.
Comey admitted during the closed-door session that the FBI did not verify allegations found in Christopher Steele’s dossier – comprised of Trump’s alleged business dealings with the Russians – before using it as the basis of a warrant to surveil former Trump adviser Carter Page.
Pressed on the issue by Oversight Committee Chair Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Comey indicated the FBI’s effort to verify the contents of the dossier had continued months after a warrant surveilling Page had been signed off on and renewed.
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