Comey claimed everyone in the FBI and the Justice Department would need to be fired
Former FBI Director James Comey said that he doesn’t believe that removing special counsel Robert Mueller would stop the Trump/Russia investigation.
Comey claimed that to derail ongoing investigations they would have to “fire everyone in the FBI and the Justice Department.”
“You’d almost have to fire everyone in the FBI and the Justice Department to derail the relevant investigations,” Comey responded when questioned by Democrat lawmakers on how removing Mueller would affect the Russia probe.
The committee interviewed Comey as part of its investigation into the FBI and Justice Department throughout the 2016 election.
A transcript of the interview was released by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) after quizzing the former FBI chief about his decisions about Hillary Clinton’s email server.
The fired FBI chief was also grilled on possible FISA warrant abuse and the mostly unverified Steele dossier.
Despite Donald Trump claimed Robert Mueller and Comey were close, the former FBI chief told the House Judiciary Committee they were “not friends in any social sense.”
“I admire the heck out of the man, but I don’t know his phone number, I’ve never been to his house, I don’t know his children’s names,” said the longtime deep-stater, who added that he had “never hugged or kissed the man.”
As the closed-session concluded, President Trump tweeted that “it is being reported that Leakin’ James Comey was told by Department of Justice attorneys not to answer the most important questions.
Total bias and corruption at the highest levels of previous Administration. Force him to answer the questions under oath!”
It is being reported that Leakin’ James Comey was told by Department of Justice attorneys not to answer the most important questions. Total bias and corruption at the highest levels of previous Administration. Force him to answer the questions under oath!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
According to Breitbart: Comey’s comments came on the same day prosecutors announced in a court filing that Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer, should serve a substantial prison term with a modest amount of credit for his cooperation as part of the Russia probe and other investigations.
Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced next Wednesday in New York federal court.
He pleaded guilty to federal charges and cooperated in multiple state and federal probes over several months, including having seven meetings with Mueller’s team.
Last week, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. In August, he admitted to campaign finance fraud and bank fraud, among other charges.
Meanwhile, prosecutors said Friday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about his contacts with a Russian associate.
The special counsel says the former Trump campaign chief lied about his contacts with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian staffer who worked for his political consulting outfit.
Mueller has said Kilimnik possessed links to Kremlin intelligence officials and met with Manafort twice during the presidential election.
The redacted filing is signed by Andrew Weissmann, who the New York Times has said is referred to as the special counsel’s “pit bull.”
He has praised former Justice Department official Sally Yates for defying an executive order and reportedly attended then-Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s election night party, leading conservative critics to allege bias against President Trump.
Reacting to court filings, the White House dismissed them as nothing new or damaging about President Trump and his inner circle.
Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said government filings about Cohen “tell us nothing of value that wasn’t already known.”
Further, Sanders said the filing about Manafort “says absolutely nothing about the President,” and she is blaming the media for “trying to create a story where there isn’t one.”