A letter despatched the day past through Sen. Chuck Grassley backs up a declare made within the Space Intel document launched final month and contradicts statements made by way of former Director Comey on his ebook excursion. In particular, Grassley says Comey advised his Senate Committee the FBI dealers who interviewed Michael Flynn noticed no proof he used to be mendacity. From Grassley’s letter:
On February 15, 2017, this Committee asked on a bipartisan foundation a replica of the transcript of the generally stated name among Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador and the FBI document summarizing the intercepted calls. The Justice Division declined to offer any of that knowledge, and as an alternative then-FBI Director Comey supplied a extensive-ranging briefing to us on March 15, 2017 that touched at the Flynn problems.
Just like the Flynn interview itself, that briefing used to be now not transcribed. Additionally just like the Flynn interview, there are notes taken through a profession, non-partisan regulation enforcement officer who used to be provide. The agent used to be on element to the Committee group of workers on the time. In keeping with that agent’s contemporaneous notes, Director Comey in particular informed us all the way through that briefing that the FBI dealers who interviewed Lt. Common Michael Flynn, “noticed not anything that led them to consider [he was] mendacity.” Our personal Committee workforce’s notes point out that Mr. Comey stated the “sellers noticed no amendment in his demeanor or tone that may say he used to be being untruthful.”
That’s vital as it fits what the Space Intelligence Committee says Comey informed the Space in a briefing round the similar time as the only given to the Senate. “Director Comey testified to the committee that ‘the retailers…discerned no bodily signs of deception. They didn’t see any amendment in posture, in tone, in inflection, in eye touch. They noticed not anything that indicated to them that he knew he used to be mendacity to them,’” the document states in accordance with a transcript of the briefing.
Extra importantly, the Space and Senate data are immediately at odds with what Comey has stated in up to date interviews throughout his guide excursion approximately what he advised lawmakers all the way through the ones briefings. The Washington Examiner issues out a few cases the place Comey has denied pronouncing the FBI sellers noticed no proof Flynn used to be mendacity:
All the way through exposure interviews for his ebook, A Upper Loyalty, Comey has been requested a couple of occasions whether or not he informed lawmakers that the FBI retailers who interviewed Flynn didn’t consider Flynn had lied.
“No,” Comey informed Fox Information’ Bret Baier. “I don’t understand what — perhaps anyone misunderstood one thing I stated. I didn’t consider that and didn’t say that.”
“Now not real,” Comey advised NBC’s Chuck Todd.
“I don’t recognize the place that’s coming from,” Comey informed ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “That — until I’m — I stated one thing that folks misunderstood, I don’t remember that even proceeding to mention that. So, my recollection is I by no means stated that to any one.”
Why is Comey converting his tale? He may just say that he made the ones statements again in March 2017 however that next research by way of the Unique Suggest concluded Flynn used to be now not telling the reality, leading to his pleading accountable to mendacity to the FBI in November of 2017. As an alternative of claiming that, Comey is claiming he didn’t say what other contemporaneous bills display he stated.
And it’s now not the primary time Comey’s recollection of what came about has gave the impression a little off. In a type of similar guide excursion interviews, he claimed he nonetheless didn’t realize needless to say who had paid for the manufacturing of the file (trace: It used to be Hillary and the DNC) and in addition claimed it used to be first funded by way of Republicans.
Comey did inform other gatherings of lawmakers that the FBI noticed no signs Flynn lied. His claims recently that he didn’t say that appear to be lovely glaring lies. Somebody will have to ask him why he’s now not telling the reality approximately one thing as fundamental as this.