Comey’s Senate Testimony “Poisoned” Robert Mueller’s Investigation
Thursday, the sacked former FBI Director James Comey’s statement about leaking information of private conversations he had with President Donald Trump revealed the Special Counsel Investigation has been “Poisoned ” .
Mr. Comey admitted under oath that he leaked the information as part of the FBI’s probe into Russia’s involvement in US elections and the connections of President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn with Russian officials for his own political purposes.
“I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter – didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons – but I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,” Mr. Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called this “the most startling revelation” from the day’s testimony, as it was a “barefaced admission” of his intent to leak the documents in hopes a special counsel would be appointed to investigate the charges.
“This statement is tremendously important because it completely delegitimizes Robert Mueller’s so-called independent investigation and reveals it as poisoned fruit,” Speaker Gingrich wrote in his weekly newsletter Friday.
Speaker Gingrich pointed out that Messers Comey and Mueller, also a former FBI Director, were “very close” and that 97% of donations from the US Department of Justice employees who contributed to the Y 2016 Presidential election were in support of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the loser.
“So, what we have here is a fired FBI director, who leaked private material to the press, so he could get his friend appointed as a special counsel in order to take retribution on the President, with the aid of a department full of federal lawyers who would have rather seen Hillary in the White House. And we are supposed to believe this will be an objective, unbiased investigation?” Speaker Gingrich wrote.
He said James Comey represented the deep state “permanent opposition” to President Trump, who would stop at nothing to “keep their influence” and harm Donald Trump’s Presidency.
“Make no mistake: This is not about law and order, it is not about justice, it is not even about any investigation. This is about influence peddling, this is about the search for vengeance, and this is about stopping the revolution President Trump was elected to implement,” he wrote.
Mr. Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday were the 1st public comments he’s made since he was sacked, and continue to be hotly debated in the media.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has oversight over the FBI, and Mr. Comey’s refuses to testify before the panel is creating frustration.
Senate Judiciary Committee members are discussing whether to subpoena fired FBI Director James Comey to force him to come in to testify.
“I keep looking at Comey’s testimony about the FBI and thinking ‘Why isn’t this in the Senate Judiciary Committee?'” Senator Dick Durbin, (D-IL) a committee member, said Saturday. “This really raises some fundamental questions about the Federal Bureau of Investigation and I hope we’ll play a much more aggressive role in the future.”
To subpoena Mr. Comey or any other person of interest, Senators Grassley (R-IA) and Feinstein (D-CA) must work out an agreement, or the full committee will have to bring the matter to a vote, according to the committee rules.
“At some point, the Judiciary Committee has to decide whether it’s going to continue to be a serious committee,” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) said.