nearvideo transcript released by James Comey, the second closed-door testimony
Comey testified before the house panel on 2016, the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private E-Mails; Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill.
House Republicans on Tuesday released a copy of their explosive closed-door meeting a day earlier to dismiss FBI Director James Comey, the to me during the interview that FBI agents knew “exactly” what ex-National security adviser Michael Flynn had said the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the interview Flynn in the White house.
The 173-page transcript, which documents, congressional Republicans’ second hearing with Comey in this month, also included Comey is the explanation of why he broke normal Protocol by sending two FBI agents in the White house to interview Flynn in January 2017, without any involvement or notification to White house lawyers.
Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during that fateful interview about whether he had discussed sanctions against Russia by the Obama administration with Kislyak. His sentencing was postponed on Monday until March, after a fiery hearing in which the presiding judge openly expressed his “disgust” at Flynn’s behavior.
Flynn was fired in February 2017 for misleading Vice President Mike Pence, on the same topic, but was not charged with any wrongdoing in connection with the substance of his communication with Kislyak. And a Washington Post article published the day before his White house interview with the representative, citing FBI sources revealed to the public that the FBI bugged had Flynn’s calls and disable him to commit criminal acts.
“The agents went to the interview, Flynn, to try and understand why the national security adviser, the false statements of the Vice-President of the United States, about his interactions with the Russians during the transition,” said Comey, responding to a question from House Oversight Committee chair Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S. C.
Comey added: “I knew certain classified facts about the nature of [Flynn’s] interactions with the Russians” before sending the agent to the White house.
The former FBI Director confirmed that one of the agents that he was sent “career counterintelligence agent,” and the other was Peter Strzok-who has since been fired from the two Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the team and the FBI about his apparent anti-Trump bias. Comey refused to expressly provide for the sending Strzok, or hand the agents in question made Flynn will be reading.
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“I knew that the Vice-President he was of the statements which he attributed to conversations he had with Mr. Flynn, that were in stark contradiction of the facts classified,” he said.
Gowdy said then: “they knew exactly what General Flynn, the Russian Ambassador said, before you interviewed him.” Comey said, “Yes.”
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Comey added quickly: “I am not only hesitant, because I don’t know what I know, but we clearly understood the nature and extent of a variety of communications, including telephone, between Mr. Flynn and the Russian Ambassador. … I only hesitated, because, if there were other communication, other phones, other means of communication, we would not know that. But we had the transcripts of the conversations that we had.”
An FBI report released on Monday, documented the January 2017 Flynn interview — completed showed in February of 2017 — that Flynn was evidently aware of his phone calls had been tapped. On two occasions, agents wrote, Flynn thanked them for reminding him of some of his conversations with Kislyak on the United Nations.
“Yes, good reminder,” said Flynn at one point, according to the witness report.
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Pressed on his public statements at the beginning of this month that the FBI is his normal Protocol broke through questioning by Flynn, without the involvement of the White House Counsel, Comey acknowledged that “in an established environment, it would be expected that the FBI would coordinate the interview by White House Counsel.”
He continued, “I had never worked before in a transitional period, but my understanding was that the established administrative environment, you would not away with the calling of the witnesses and says: ‘Can we come and talk to you?'”
Comey pushed back on the Republicans to ask why the FBI warn Flynn that he could be prosecuted for lying to them.
“He was an extremely experienced man, and so reasonable should be adopted in order to understand, you can not said to lie to the FBI,” Comey.
“Second, it is not up to Protocol. The FBI does not do that in noncustodial interviews,” he added. “And, thirdly, you will want to figure out what to say to the witness, before you heat up an interview by the increase in the view that the witnesses could be lying to you.”
Comey said he could not remember whether or not Flynn had asked about a lawyer, but said that then-FBI assistant Director Andrew McCabe, “voluntarily to him, that you are welcome to have someone from the White House Counsel’s Office. And I think, he said, in substance would be, there would be no need for it.”
According to a memorandum he wrote at the time, McCabe Flynn had to engage advised that he should choose to seek counsel, the Department of Justice would have to.
Separately, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-OH., Comey asked how he Trump informed about the FBI’s knowledge of the infamous, unconfirmed opposition research dossier, compiled financed by a company, to the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
“I was very worried that he might interpret it as an attempt to pull a J. Edgar Hoover on him,” Comey, adding that he said, “it has not been confirmed that it was something that we were examined, and then, when the conversation to go, in my judgment, started from the rails, then tell him that we were not investigating him personally.”
The former FBI Director excoriated Republicans on Monday after leaving the hearing-his second Capitol Hill this month, where he was called on to answer questions on the Russia and Hillary Clinton E-Mail probes.
“One day, you will have to explain to your grandchildren what she has managed today,” a defiant Comey, the Republican said on the house there are two committees that conducted the interview, he accused you of, not the defense of the FBI by President Trump’s attacks.
The former FBI Director, James Comey, his lawyer, David Kelley, right, speaks with reporters after a day of hearing before the House Judiciary and oversight bodies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The Republicans, for their part, have not appear, the defendant Comey. He was called back to Capitol Hill after a gig in early December in which he claims not to know or remember the answers to numerous questions. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told reporters he was not satisfied with Comey’s answers on Monday, either.
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Comey, though, accused the survey of legislators on the house judiciary and oversight bodies, political, and defended his leadership, to explore the agents investigating Clinton and began, relations between the Trump campaign, and Russia.
“We had very tough decisions in the year 2016,” Comey. “I knew the hurt that we were going to be from him. The question was, how can we reduce the harm.”
Asked by Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, if he was responsible for the FBI’s reputation a blow, he replied, “no.”
Speaking with reporters after the hearing, Comey called it “frustrating to be here.”
“The questions about Hillary Clinton and Steele dossier strike me as more of the same,” Comey said. “I didn’t want to learn, nothing new there. Maybe you have done.”
Lashing out at the Republican Comey as a for you to get up to the “fear of Fox News, the fear of their base, the fear, my tweets,” and “stand up for the values of this country.”
Earlier, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, reporters, Republicans said planned to be the focus of your Comey survey on a new FBI document, the Friday was released in response to a Freedom of Information Act and published by Politico.
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He told reporters he wanted to clarify Comey, when he first became aware of the involvement of the democratic National Committee, in the law firm of Perkins Coie and the opposition group Fusion of GPS in the production of the documents.
“I want to give him a chance to clarify, that’s all,” said Meadows.
He was elected as a heavily redacted document the information on the bureau in Russia of investigation , Comey, the FBI Director at the time, informed Trump, shortly after the Republicans for President. The document, once again, the FBI was vague in the procurement of the dossier to the origin financed by anti-Trump Democrats.
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However, meadows also said he believes it could be in conflict with earlier statements made by Comey on what he knew about the dossier’s origins to the time
“I can’t imagine how the Director of the FBI knew that the connection between Fusion GPS, Perkins Coie, and the DNC, as the meadows to the infamous dossier,” told reporters.
In an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier in April, Comey said: “that he know for the first time of the existence of the dossier in the autumn of 2016, but still…for a fact” that the DNC and Hilary Clinton had a campaign funded the work. The dossier was funded by the DNC and Clinton campaign. The FBI document vaguely refers to it as paid by “private clients”.
“An FBI source … highly politically sensitive information … on Russia’s influence in its efforts in the U.S. presidential election,” the memo said.
Based on Steele, the author of the dossier, the memo said, “The source is the managing Director of a private business-intelligence company and a former employee of a friendly intelligence service that was compensated for previous coverage of the last three years.” He also said, “The source collected the data on behalf of private clients, and has not been compensated for it by the FBI.”
Trump has promoted railed against the FBI for the appeal, in part, a dossier, by the Trump of political opponents, as it began the investigation of the relations between Russia and the members of the Trump campaign.
Earlier this year, Comey said during his reading tour, he did not tell the President about the origin of the Dossiers during the briefing, saying it “was not necessary.”
Comey again for more Capitol Hill testimony by prior Dec. 7 session-on the left of the lame duck Republican legislature Smoking as Comey said repeatedly, “I don’t remember”, “I know” and “I can’t remember”, when grilled about investigations, Republicans focused on the hurt trump.
The survey revealed the FBI probe, Clinton’s E-Mail server, and as a counter-intelligence investigation into the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections, turned into an all-encompassing sample of the trump card of the inner circle, including the procurement of the FISA warrants are used to spy on American citizens.
A copy of the marathon interview, published on Dec. 8, demonstrate that the retired FBI chief of the ” lack of responsiveness and the tension between him and GOP lawmakers.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and Caroline McKee contributed to this report.