In a second round of Comey’s testimony released earlier this week, the scandal-plagued, and some say highly corrupt, leader basically said that although he knew who paid for the salacious ‘research,’ he specifically withheld that fact from the President of the United States.
“Comey’s seeming withholding of information from Trump about the political origins of the dossier raises further questions.”
Comey stated last year that he pushed back against a request from Trump to possibly investigate the origins of “salacious material.”
In testimony before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees on Monday, Rep. Jim Jordan asked, “In this meeting, did you tell the President who had financed the dossier?”
“No,” said Comey.
“Jordan was referring to Comey’s early January 2017 official briefing to Trump about the dossier.
“That briefing was subsequently leaked to the news media, with CNN on January 10, 2017 breaking the story that the contents of the dossier were presented during classified briefings one week earlier to Trump and then-President Barack Obama.”
The classified briefings were reportedly conducted by Comey, CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.
“Comey reportedly stayed in the room alone with Trump afterwards to orally brief the incoming president on the most salacious allegations. In his latest testimony, Comey stated that some of the dossier’s other charges were included in written material presented to Trump during the course of the briefing.”
Comey has now reconfirmed that Trump was not told at the briefing “that the dossier had been paid for by Trump’s primary political opponents, namely Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) via the Perkin Coie law firm.”
However, in earlier testimony, Comey conceded he knew Democrats funded the dossier when he was asked about his knowledge of Steele’s political patrons.
I thought he was retained as part of a Republican-financed effort — retained by Republicans adverse to Mr. Trump during the primary season, and then his work was underwritten after that by Democrats opposed to Mr. Trump during the general election season.
“When did you learn that his work went from being financed by what you described as Republicans to what you described as Democrats?” Comey was asked.
The former FBI director was also asked whether he learned about political actors financing Steele “before there were any court filings” — a clear reference to the FISA application to obtain a warrant to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, a former adviser to President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Comey first signed the FISA application in late October 2016.
Comey replied: “I certainly learned of it before the end of October. And I think the filing that you’re referring to obliquely was at the end of October sometime. So, it was before that.”
Comey’s FISA application to conduct surveillance did not specifically state that the FBI had information that Steele was being paid in connection with any U.S. political party, according to House documents. In other words, Comey may have kept from the FISA court information that would raise questions about the dossier charges, which were cited as evidence against Page in the FISA applications.
A House Intelligence Committee memo released last February documented that as FBI director, Comey signed three FISA applications to spy on Page with the dossier serving as part of the basis for the warrant requests.
“Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior and FBI officials,” the memo states.
Such behavior on the part of the FBI Director seems both unscrupulous and criminal, to many people. Comey has dealt in subterfuge, plots, and cover-ups for so long, it seems that he can’t keep his lies straight anymore.