5 questions James Comey refused to answer in his Senate testimony
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 21:04
The revelations came as Comey delivered his much anticipated first public telling of his relationship with Trump, speaking at a packed Senate intelligence committee hearing that brought Washington and parts of the country to a standstill as all eyes were glued to screens showing the testimony. Below are five of the questions Comey refused to answer during the open session on Thursday. "I didn't obey that, but that's the way I took it", Comey said. Joseph McCarthy. After a particularly offensive attack, the lawyer representing the Army, Joseph Welch, shot back: "Have you no sense of decency sir?" In a way, Comey did a lot of what Trump had always wanted him to do - he confirmed the president was never under investigation and he did not say the president had committed any crimes.
Comey used the "L word" again while explaining why he made a decision to take notes during his meetings with the president. After meeting with the president-elect, at Trump Tower in New York, Comey said he "was honestly concerned he might lie about the content of our meeting, so I felt I had to write it down". "And throughout '16, the administration was trying to decide how to respond to the intrusion activity it saw", Comey added. Richard Burr of North Carolina told Comey during his opening remarks.
A crucial question is what Trump meant when Comey says the president told the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, "I hope you can let this go". "That is a very big deal, and not just because it involves me".
It may come to pass that the president himself will fall under investigation for publicly declaring that he fired his former director over the probe into Russian Federation.
Good Lord, release the tapes!
"I can definitively say the president is not a liar, and I think it's frankly insulting that question would be asked", spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
HANNITY: "I hope, I hope".
The White House has avoided all questions about whether such tapes exist.
Finding that out, as Comey noted, is now up to the special counsel, Robert Mueller. And indeed it did.
Twitter said Comey's "Lordy" remark was among the top three most tweeted moments during the testimony. Meanwhile, Comey doesn't report that. Nothing like that appears in Comey's statement, and nothing can be reasonably interpreted that way. The story made no mention of any contemporaneous memos.
During nearly three hours of extraordinarily frank televised statements, Comey described himself as "stunned" by Trump's "very disturbing" and "very concerning" behavior in several private meetings.
Comey said that as of his dismissal on May 9, Trump was not personally under investigation. But he also testified that another member of the FBI's leadership team believed that Trump's conduct "will fall within the scope" of the Russian Federation investigation and was therefore "reluctant" to assure the president that he was not personally under investigation.
Comey told senators he took Trump's expression of "hope" as an order to comply.
Former FBI Director James Comey will tell Congress on Thursday that President Donald Trump pressed him repeatedly to halt a probe into his ex-national security adviser's ties with Russian Federation and to declare publicly that Trump himself was not under investigation. McCain added, "Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games".
The Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing is billed as a discussion on the Justice Department budget, but Democrats say they will use the opportunity to grill their former Senate colleague about his alleged contacts with Russians and the controversial firing of former FBI Directory James Comey, among other hot-button issues.
That's a line attributed to King Henry II, who was referring to the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket.
It's not often that congressional hearings hark back to medieval times, but then again this was not a normal hearing.