The question asked of Congressman Peter King is phrased quite diplomatically by Martha MacCallum, in regarding what appears to be a contradiction in the public Senate testimony of then-FBI Director Comey under oath and his leaked secret supposed memo.
She points out that the way Comey answered in early May “Raises some doubts as to whether or not the President was putting any pressure on him about the investigation into him.” She points out that the question was asked regarding the Clinton “investigation” specifically but is answered in a general way that is relevant.
Comey is asked, “So, if the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?” He replied, “In theory, yes.” Asked “has it happened,” Comey responded, under oath, “Not in my experience, because it would be a big deal, to tell the FBI to stop doing something without appropriate purpose.”
He continued, “I mean often times they give us opinions, that we don’t see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience.”
Congressman King responds, saying, “I think that, in many ways, raises very, very real questions about even any attempt by the President to try to influence Jim Comey as far as the investigation. Now, also, you have Andy McCabe, who is the acting director, who was Comey’s deputy director, he apparently had no knowledge of this either, cause he was asked, ‘has anyone tried to interfere with the Russia investigation,’ he said ‘absolutely not.'”
King says, “So to me, if this was so important to Jim Comey at the time, if he thought that he was being pressured by the President of the United States, enough to write a memo, you would have thought he would have told somebody at the FBI. He had an obligation to report it to the Justice Department and, when he was questioned at the May 3rd instance, he certainly wouldn’t have said it’s unprecedented, it’s never happened, that he was asked to tone down an investigation for political purposes. I have real doubts about that whole memo.”
MacCallum points out that the memo he supposedly wrote about the alleged attempt to obstruct justice would have been written prior to May 3rd.
Relevant Conversation starts at the 2:19 point in video
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