The long-awaited testimony from former FBI Director James Comey took place last week.
Of course, this isn't the first time that Comey has appeared in from of the Senate Judicary Committee, but it is the first time since learning about just how much fakery was involved in the creation of the Steele dossier and obtaining the FISA warrants.
It's also the first time since one of his lawyers plead guilty to altering evidence.
The Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz investigated the origins of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign. The FBI operation, dubbed “Crossfire Hurricane,” was launched and furthered on dubious grounds as the inspector general found 17 “significant errors” in FBI requests to federal courts for secret warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Cruz slammed Comey, accusing him of corruption and deliberately targeting the Trump campaign with an unfounded investigation.
“This investigation of the president was corrupt. The FBI and the Department of Justice were politicized and weaponized, and, in my opinion, there are only two possibilities: that you were deliberately corrupt or woefully incompetent—and I don’t believe you were incompetent,” Cruz said at the end of his questioning. “This has done severe damage to the professionals and the honorable men and women at the FBI because law enforcement should not be used as a political weapon, and that is the legacy you’ve left.”
“Mr. Comey, let’s go directly to lies. The inspector general report concluded that Mr. Clinesmith, an attorney who worked for you in the FBI, deliberately altered an email,” Cruz said. “He had emailed the CIA to ask if [Trump campaign aid] Carter Page was a source. The CIA came back and said yes, he was a source, and Mr. Clinesmith—your lawyer—altered that email to add the words ‘not a source’ to make the email say precisely the opposite of what the CIA said.”
“That fraudulent document was then used as a basis for a fraudulent submission to the FISA court. You believe that is honest and competent, Mr. Comey?” Cruz asked after Comey said moments before that the FBI had “overall” acted in an “honest, competent, and independent way.”
“I don’t believe you’ve offered an accurate summary of Horowitz’s findings,” Comey responded.
Sen. Ted Cruz to Comey:
“This has done severe damage to the professionals and the honorable men and women at the FBI because law enforcement should not be used a political weapon. That is the legacy you’ve left.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 30, 2020
There wasn't much of anything productive that came out of the testimony other than making sure that he stood by his testimony which he presented back in 2017. That way if something comes back, there is no way that he can argue against it.
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