Former FBI Director James Comey faced a lot of questions before the House on Friday in regard to the Clinton email investigation and the Trump Russia probe in a private session.
He had to be subpoenaed to get him before the House Committee and he fought the subpoena in court, claiming that it should be in public. He did that knowing that if it were in public he could avoid answering a lot of the questions that they wanted to ask him because he could claim that it had to do with classified or sensitive matters.
But even in private session, he avoided answering critical questions, according to reports from lawmakers on the Committee.
And what was worse was that he had a DOJ lawyer reportedly advising him not to answer different questions. While one might understand that they would not want to have people know certain things in a public session, they should not be blocking him in a private session with Congress who has oversight over them.
But even on top of all that, after the Congressional questioning was over, he was asked a question by reporter Catherine Herridge about the FISA abuse and the FBI’s questionable use of the dossier to obtain a warrant against Trump campaign worker Carter Page.
And Comey evaded the question from Herridge.
From Daily Wire:
“Did you have total confidence in the dossier when you used it to secure a surveillance warrant and also in the subsequent renewals?” a reporter asked Comey.
“I have total confidence that the FISA process was followed and that the entire case was handled in a thoughtful responsible way by DOJ and the FBI,” Comey responded. “I think that the notion that FISA was abused here is nonsense.”
Comey himself had previously publicly called parts of the dossier “salacious and unverified.”
But the records show that that the FBI relied upon it in getting the warrant from the court and did not tell the court all the issues involved with it.