DOJ Bars Senate Intel Committee From Interviewing FBI Officials on Comey Firing
In yet another head-scratching move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Department of Justice, Senate Intelligence Committee members have been notified they cannot interview FBI officials about James Comey’s firing.
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— Joshua Dov Caplan (@joshdcaplan) September 13, 2017
Independent UK reports:
The Justice Department is reportedly blocking Senate investigators from speaking with FBI officials who may provide first-hand testimony about Donald Trump‘s firing of ex-FBI chief James Comey.
It is the latest sign that Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be investigating the sacking as part of his Russia-related probe.
Mr Mueller is trying to determine if Mr Trump’s campaign advisers colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 US election. That investigation also reportedly involves a probe into whether the President obstructed justice when he allegedly asked Mr Comey to drop an inquiry into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s possible ties to Russia.
Mr Flynn was dismissed from his role in February after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his interactions with a Russian official.
Multiple congressional committees are also investigating Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential race and any improper interference with the FBI’s investigation.
The White House accused former FBI Director James Comey of ‘false testimony’ Monday and suggested the DOJ look at whether he perjured himself. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked in a briefing Monday to respond to Steve Bannon’s “60 Minutes” comment that Trump firing Comey was the ‘worst political mistake in modern history’.
Sanders responded by saying that Trump’s decision to fire Comey was the right thing to do. “Since the director’s firing, we’ve learned new information about his conduct that only provided further justification for that firing.”
She gave a list of examples justifying Trump’s decision to fire Comey saying, “false testimony, giving leaking privileged information to journalists, he went outside of the chain of commands and politicized an investigation into a presidential candidate.”
Fox News reported:
Asked to clarify whether she thought Comey perjured himself or at least misled Congress, Sanders told Fox News’ John Roberts: “I think that’s something probably for DOJ to look at, not me. I’m not an attorney.”
As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, Comey testified he decided to exonerate Hillary Clinton after her July meeting with the FBI, however; a recent report suggests the move was decided in the Spring. Senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina wants Comey to testify on the Clinton email scandal.
“This doesn’t add up, and I smell a rat here,” Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News.
Judicial Watch’s Director of Investigations, Chris Farrell recently told Fox News’ David Asman, who filled in for Lou Dobbs that James Comey perjured himself when he said under oath that he decided to not recommend charges for Hillary until after he interviewed her in July.
The walls are closing in for James Comey. A real investigation must be done in order to restore confidence in the FBI.
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