Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey seems to be digging himself a rather deep hole when it comes to the part he played in the Trump-Russia probe that he and other Obama era officials cooked up to spy on the presidential campaign of Donald Trump back in 2016.
Comey has now claimed that he had absolutely no knowledge of and declined to talk about Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe’s letter that reveals there was an unverified intelligence analysis from Russia that alleged Hillary Clinton actually approved of a campaign plan to create a scandal during the 2016 election that attempted to tie Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin and to the hack Russia performed on the Democratic National Committee.
via Washington Examiner:
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Under questioning by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham during a hearing on Wednesday, Comey said he read the letter but that he didn’t remember being briefed on the claims and could not answer the question posed to him because he had “trouble understanding” the letter.
Graham asked if Comey recalled “getting an inquiry from the intelligence community in September 2016 about a concern that the Clinton campaign was going to create a scandal regarding Trump and Russia.” The fired FBI director replied, “I do not.”
Ratcliffe’s Tuesday letter stated in part: “U.S. intelligence officials forwarded an investigative referral to FBI Director James Comey and Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok regarding U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.”
“You don’t remember getting an investigatory lead from the intelligence community?” Graham asked him a second time. “You don’t remember getting that?” Comey told him that “that doesn’t ring any bells with me.”
“Well, that’s a pretty stunning thing that it didn’t ring a bell, but it did come to you. Let’s just end with this: you get this inquiry from the intelligence community to look at the Clinton campaign, basically trying to create a distraction accusing Trump of being a Russian agent or a Russian stooge or whatever to distract from her email server problems, and how far-fetched is that, Mr. Comey, when we now know that the Democratic Party through Fusion GPS hired Christopher Steele, a foreign agent who had a very strong bias against Trump, who hired Russian sub-source who the FBI believed to be a Russian spy, to compile a dossier that was a bunch of crap to be used an American citizen working for the Trump campaign,” Graham stated on Wednesday, once again asking, “You already knew that — seems to me you’d want to investigate other allegations. … You don’t recall this inquiry?”
Comey once again replied, “it doesn’t sound familiar.”
Graham once more pressed Comey for an answer: “You said you had a duty to look at allegations about the Trump campaign being involved with the Russians. You’ve got a letter now from Ratcliffe saying that they intercepted information about an effort in July where Hillary Clinton approved an effort to link Trump to Russia. … Did you have an investigation to look and see if that was true?”
“I can’t answer that. I’ve read Mr. Ratcliffe’s letter, which frankly I have trouble understanding,” Comey said.
Talk about tap dancing around the issue. Yikes. Comey knows he’s about to be exposed for his part in this whole mess and he’s trying to get out of it, but sooner or later, what is done in the dark is brought out to the light.