Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Former FBI Director James Comey repeatedly feigned innocence surrounding the Russia Collusion hoax, illegally obtained warrants, and the 2016 surveillance of a member of the Trump campaign.
As reported by The Federalist:
“Comey repeated calls of ‘I don’t remember,’ ‘That’s about all I can recall,’ ‘I don’t remember it,’ ‘I don’t remember learning anything additional about Steele’s sources,’ ‘Not that I recall, no,’ ‘I don’t know,’ and ‘I don’t recall that,’ to each Senator that questioned his failure as the director to properly oversee FBI procedures concerning the investigation surrounding the Russian collusion hoax.”
A supercut of all of Comey’s answers was posted on Twitter:
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 30, 2020
Comey was called to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his role in the FBI’s attempts to investigate the now-disproven collusion between President Trump and Russia. The warrants which were used to spy on Carter Page, a member of the Trump campaign who was in contact with the CIA, were obtained illegally and had factual errors in their applications.
Comey denies knowing anything about the errors or the illegality of the warrants, despite the fact that he was in charge of the FBI as the director.
“Did you ask any questions or do any due diligence on this at all?” Senator Ted Cruz asked.
“I don’t remember anything about the facts that have been revealed recently about the sub-source,” Comey stated, referring to the Steele Dossier.
Senator Marsha Blackburn also called out Comey, reprimanding him for his failure to “remember” anything about these important events, and questioning the motive behind his vague answers.
“You know, Mr. Comey, I call that selective memory,” she quipped.
Near the beginning of the hearing, Comey claimed that ensuring the veracity of submitted warrant applications was not his responsibility. He instead chose to blame the “17 significant errors and omissions” and the “50 errors in the FBI’s Woods process” on “whoever was signing the affidavit.”
Senator Lindsey Graham, the Chairman of the Committee, called out Comey’s failures as the Director of the FBI. “Does the FBI director have any responsibility to make sure the facts are right when they’re given to the court?” Graham asked.
“Not in connection with the certification. But in general the FBI director is responsible for everything that is being done underneath the FBI director,” Comey said referring to a certification he signed off on for an affidavit regarding the FISA application.