Former FBI Director James Comey played a starring role in the biggest political scandal in American history.
Comey oversaw the Obama administration’s efforts to frame Donald Trump for collusion with the Russians.
But under questioning from Trey Gowdy, Comey was caught in this big lie that is causing big problems for Barack Obama.
Comey finally submitted to Congressional questioning about his role in the FBI’s efforts to rig the 2016 election by framing Trump for colluding with the Russians.
For months, Republicans failed to get a straight answer as to how the investigation started,
Initially, the New York Times reported in April 2017 that it was because of Carter Page’s trip to Moscow.
That was straight out of the Christopher Steele Trump-Russia dossier.
But eventually, the truth came out that Hillary Clinton bought and paid for that fake news document so the FBI needed a new origin story for how the investigation began.
Their second attempt at explaining how they began probing possible Trump-Russia collusion was claiming the Australian government passed the information about a meeting George Papadopoulos had with one of their diplomats in the spring of 2016.
They said Papadopoulos told the diplomat – who had a connection to the Clinton Foundation – that a Maltese professor told him the Russians had dirt on Hillary.
The FBI was clearly trying to cover up Steele’s role in the start of the investigation because the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee hiring Fusion GPS to dig up dirt on Trump was a political embarrassment.
Using Steele’s work product revealed that the FBI was nothing more than an extension of the Democrat Party’s opposition research team.
Under questioning from Gowdy, Comey unbelievably testified to having little to no familiarity with Christopher Steele or his work.
He claimed he didn’t know and he had no idea if the FBI was paying Steele as part of a confidential human source agreement.
Gowdy asked him if he had any idea Steele was working for Fusion GPS and Comey testified “I don’t know that I ever knew that — certainly while I worked at the FBI. I think I’ve read that in open source, but I didn’t know that while I was FBI.”
Comey also admitted he knew by September or October that Steele was working on behalf of the Democrats.
That date is key.
It means Comey knowingly misrepresented the source of their information in the FISA Court warrant to spy on Carter Page.
The FBI hid from the judge the fact that the Clinton campaign paid for the Steele dossier which claimed the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians.
Comey also testified that the FBI was investigating four Americans for colluding with the Russians.
“It’s not fair to say either of those things, in my recollection. We opened investigations on four Americans to see if there was any connection between those four Americans 24 and the Russian interference effort. And those four Americans did not include the candidate.”
While Comey later again stated the story that Operation Crossfire Hurricane began with George Papadopoulos, the inclusion of three other Americans means the Steele dossier played a large role in the origins of that investigation.
Steele’s dossier claimed Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and Carter Page all worked in secret with the Russians on a scheme to steal the 2016 election.
Donald Trump called out Comey for lies.
“On 245 occasions, former FBI Director James Comey told House investigators he didn’t know, didn’t recall, or couldn’t remember things when asked. Opened investigations on 4 Americans (not 2) – didn’t know who signed off and didn’t know Christopher Steele. All lies!” Trump tweeted.
He also wrote, “Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful! This whole deal is a Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become President. They are now exposed!”
Comey’s testimony was so outrageously evasive and false that the Republicans summoned him for a second interview session just before Christmas.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.