Former FBI Director James Comey continually feigned innocence about his involvement in the illegally obtained warrants and surveillance of a member of the 2016 Trump campaign before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
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.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 30, 2020
Comey appeared to testify about his role in the FBI’s botched attempts to investigate President Trump’s now disproven collusion with Russia. The factual errors in the application warrants that Comey claims to know nothing about were obtained illegally and used to spy on Carter Page, a Trump Campaign Affiliate who was in contact with the CIA.
Despite his position in the FBI as the director, Comey claimed to know nothing over and over.
“Did you ask any questions or do any due diligence on this at all?” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked.
“I don’t remember anything about the facts that have been revealed recently about the sub-source,” Comey stated, referring to the unsubstantiated Steele Dossier.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) reprimanded Comey for his failure to “remember” these important events and questioned his intentions behind his vague answers.
“You know, Mr. Comey, I call that selective memory,” she quipped.
Earlier in the hearing, Comey claimed that it was not his responsibility to ensure the veracity of any warrant applications submitted, choosing instead to blame the “17 significant errors and omissions” as well as the “50 errors in the FBI’s Woods process” on “whoever was signing the affidavit.”
“Does the FBI director have any responsibility to make sure the facts are right when they’re given to the court?” Chairman of the Committee Senator Lindsey Graham asked.
“Not in connection with the certification,” Comey said referring to a certification he signed off on for an affidavit related to the FISA application. “But in general the FBI director is responsible for everything that is being done underneath the FBI director.”