It appears that James Comey is headed for some more Congressional testimony, although it may be an exercise in futility as long as Jeff Sessions is Attorney General and Christopher Wray the FBI Director.
Bret Baier asks Rep Trey Gowdy about an email released by the FBI which confirms that then-Director James Comey began drafting his exoneration letter for Hillary Clinton months before she was interviewed and before numerous other key individuals had been questioned.
Gowdy listens to a replay of questioning of James Comey conducted by Rep John Ratcliffe (R-TX) in which Comey states unequivocally that he made the decision not to recommend prosecution after she was interviewed on July the second.
Comey goes on to tell Ratcliffe in the hearings, “If colleagues of ours believe I am lying about when I made this decision, please urge them to contact me privately so that we can have a conversation about this. All I can do is tell you again, the decision was made after that, because I didn’t know what was going to happen in that interview.”
Gowdy tell Baier “We’re going to take him up on his offer. We are going to talk to his present and former colleagues. May the second is when these memos, these heavily redacted memos appear, where they are discussing internally whether or not to make a charging decision. It is a month and a half later before he announces his decision in early July.”
He continues, “So you’ve got two months from May the 2nd until July the 5th. There were two dozen witness interviews in that time period. So if you’re discussing whether or not to charge someone in early may and you haven’t interviewed two dozen witnesses, including one named Clinton, John Ratcliffe asked exactly the right question. I’m just not sure that Director Comey gave him an accurate answer.”
Baier next raises the issue of Loretta Lynch and Comey’s excuse for the reason why he took the investigation away from DOJ. Gowdy points out that “The chronology doesn’t add up,” with the same gap between the discussion of making a charging decision and the supposed motivation for him taking over the duties of the Attorney General coming a month and a half later.
Rep Gowdy says, ‘The chronology does not add up. His answers have been all over the map, both the Intelligence Committee and the clip you just played from oversight. So we need to talk to him again but we need to look at these memos before we have that conversation with him.”
He says that when Loretta Lynch testifies this Friday it will only be in regard to the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax but that he also has questions he wants to ask her, one of those being the alleged discussion between her and Comey about his decision to “appropriate the Clinton server decision onto himself.”
Gowdy also reveals that former UN Ambassador Samantha Power testified that the 260 plus requests for unmasking were not all hers, that the lion’s share of them were done by someone else and attributed to her. He wants to find out who that was as well, although, again, Jeff Sessions and Christopher Wray may leave them frustrated and unable to act upon the information obtained.
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