Senator Lindsey Graham is clearly livid over the conduct of former FBI Director James Comey in the wake of the revelations about an email that indicates there was collusion between former AG Loretta Lynch and the Clinton campaign which included a promise by Lynch that Clinton would not be prosecuted.
Graham told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday, “What about the FBI Director intervened in the elections in July of 2016 based on a fake email generated by the Russians, from the Democrats to the Department of Justice, trying to get them to shut down the email investigation of Clinton, if that was fake, why don’t you think this was fake?”
Graham says, “I’m not so sure the email that Comey relied upon was fake but I can tell you this, he never briefed the Congress, the Judiciary Committee about any fake email. What he told the Intelligence Committee about this email, he never suggested it was fake. So if he intervened in the election based upon fake information generated by the Russians, that was an incredibly incompetent thing to do.”
“So I don’t really know who to believe anymore,” declares Graham. He returns to the issue later saying, “Back to Comey, this is a huge deal. There’s a report out now by CNN that the FBI Director knew that the information he relied upon to jump into the 2016 election was fake, that he basically took over the Department of Justice’s job based upon a fake email from the Russians.”
“That to me is a stunning story,” says Graham, “from a Congress’ point of view. He never told us it was fake so he needs to be held accountable. And if it is not fake, we need another investigation.” Bash attempts to insert the standard line for evasion utilized in such situations by the obstructionists like Comey, that it was irrelevant as to whether he told Congress or not because he wouldn’t be able to discuss it, that it “would give up sources and methods.”
Graham – Comey Never Told Congress He Thought the Email was Fake
Graham counters with the information that Comey did discuss it in a limited manner with the Intelligence Committee members of both the Senate and House, telling them he was “sitting on emails that the Russians had between the Democrat Party and the Department of Justice that were highly explosive.” Graham continues, “That was the main reason he jumped in July to take over the investigation, because the thought the Department of Justice was compromised. And he never once told a member of the House or the Senate that he thought the email was fake. If he did, in fact, believe it was fake, he should have shared that with the Congress, because we have oversight over him.”
An angry Graham once again directs the conversation back to the topic of the supposed fake email and Comey’s handling of it, saying, “But I want to get back to the idea that the FBI Director’s decision to jump into the election and say that Hillary Clinton did not commit a crime but she was pretty much incompetent, was based on a fake email from Russia. He never told anybody in Congress, which is stunning, and at the end of the day, if the Russians are this sophisticated, we need more sanctions yesterday against the Russians.”
He asks, “Or, is in fact, is this a true email. I want to get to the bottom of it. I want to see the email.”
It’s starting to smell like Comey might have really stepped in it with both feet this time. Like the balls he’s juggling, the various lies and misdeeds that he employed in protecting Clinton are getting harder and harder to keep moving in their intended circular motion. This may be the one that, when it drops, sends the whole illicit mess crashing down around him and the Democrats, including Clinton and Obama.
Graham, for all of his bad qualities and his relationship with John McCain, can be a real nightmare in hearing questioning. Get him in a closed hearing and turn Graham loose.
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