The disgraced former official was in Washington, D.C., on Monday for another round of questioning after his first stint turned into quite a conundrum filled with enough “I don’t know” answers that he was dubbed the “amnesiac with incredible hubris.”
It was just over a week ago that Comey was telling lawmakers different versions of “I don’t recall” at least 245 times according to a report by Fox News.
Most importantly, Comey refused to deny that he leaked classified information, leaving reporters hanging without answers.
Comey will testify behind closed doors once again and members of the House oversight and judiciary committees will be present and people will wait for the results to see if Comey skips questions like he did last time, possibly advised by his lawyers so as not to provide any information that would incriminate him or associates.
As previously reported, Comey used terms such as “I don’t know,” “I don’t recall” and “I don’t remember” over 245 times the last time he faced questions regarding the FBI’s research into Hillary Clinton’s email server and possible counter-intelligence investigations into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.
The questions also spanned across Trump’s administration and FISA warrants used to possibly spy on Americans.
“Comey just thinks he’s always right, and … it doesn’t matter if everyone else concludes he did wrong,” a furious Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said after the initial session. “He knows better. So, that’s what it’s like to interview an amnesiac with incredible hubris.”
“Comey just thinks he’s always right, and … it doesn’t matter if everyone else concludes he did wrong,” Gowdy added.
A transcript of the marathon interview was released on Dec. 8, demonstrating in black and white the fired FBI boss’ lack of responsiveness and the tension between the former Republican and GOP lawmakers. Comey then gave a talk in New York in which he called the Trump presidency “an attack on our values,” and beseeched Americans to “get off the couch” and vote Trump out of the White House in 2020.”
Comey made headlines when he stated to MSNBC that he was breaking protocol by sending FBI agents to interview Michael Flynn in 2017 when he was Trump’s national security adviser.
Consequently, that interview might have been what led to criminal charges being pushed against Flynn. The former national security adviser could be part of the new round of questioning.
“Asked to describe how two FBI agents ended up at the White House to interview Flynn in January 2017, Comey, speaking to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace during a forum discussion last Sunday, said flatly: “I sent them.”
Comey went on to acknowledge the way the interview was set up – not through the White House counsel’s office, but arranged directly with Flynn – was not standard practice. He called it “something I probably wouldn’t have done or maybe gotten away within a more … organized administration.”
Comey will likely answer questions that could end up serving little to no relevance while being advised on which questions to default to a varying version of “I don’t recall” to prevent himself from facing any legal issues as a result.
There is very little chance that Comey says anything that lands himself in hot water.