If Trump told Comey to “stop investigating” then why did Comey say otherwise on May 3, under oath?

The following is testimony by now former FBI Director James Comey on May 3, 2017 in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he defends his investigation of Hillary Clinton. In his testimony he is asked about people above him asking him to stop investigations, and he responds very differently from how the Democrats and mainstream news media are talking about the subject today.

Here is an excerpt from the testimony that day:

SEN. CHARLES E. GRASSLEY (R-IOWA): … Director Comey, I’d like to swear you in at this point. Do you affirm that the testimony you’re about to give before the committee will be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God?



HIRONO: Yes. And so speaking of the independence of not just the judiciary but I’d like you to clarify the FBI’s independence from the DOJ apparatus. Can the FBI conduct an investigation independent from the department of Justice. Or does the FBI have to disclose all it’s investigations to the DOJ? And does it have to get the Attorney General’s consent?

COMEY: Well we work with the Department of Justice, whether that’s main justice or U.S. attorney’s offices on all of our investigations.

And so we work with them and so in a legal sense we’re not independent of the department of justice. We are spiritually, culturally pretty independent group and that’s the way you would want tit. But yes, we work with the Department of Justice on all of our investigations.

HIRONO: So if the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?

COMEY: In theory yes.

HIRONO: Has it happened?

COMEY: Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something that — without an appropriate purpose. I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that we don’t see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience. (Emphasis Added)

HIRONO: Well, a number of us have called for an independent investigator or a special prosecutor to investigate the — the Russian efforts to undermine or to interfere with our elections, as well as the Trump team’s relationships with these — these Russian efforts.

And should the Department of Justice decide that there should be such a independent investigator or a special prosecutor? And you already have an ongoing FBI instigation into these matters. How and the attorney general has already recused himself, so how would — how would this proceed, when you have the Department of Justice conducting or assigning an independent or special prosecutor and then you’re already doing investigation? How would this work?

COMEY: Our investigative team would just coordinate with a different set of prosecutors. It’s as if a case was moved from one U.S. attorney’s office to another, the investigative team just starts working with a different set of assistant U.S. attorneys…

It appears that Democrats have jumped the gun once again with accusations against the president by being blinded by their hatred of the man.

If there is a memo by Comey stating Trump asked him to stop the investigation of Mike Flynn, then James Comey can be charged with a crime himself for failure to tell the Congress and his boss. (18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361).

So, in the end there either is or there is not a memo by Comey.  If there is, Comey loses.  If the memo does not exist then everyone pushing it needs to be held accountable for spreading the lie. Either way, liberals have to come to their senses and realize that Donald Trump was Constitutionally elected President and he has the right to fulfill his agenda over the next four years.

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