Washington – Former FBI director James Comey testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday as part of the committee’s investigation into the origins of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comey, who was sacked by President Trump in 2017, co-overseen the investigation the name “Crossfire Hurricane”, which was eventually taken over by special advisor Robert Mueller.
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Comey repeatedly advised the committee that he was not aware of any major issues with any of the four requests the FBI had filed to eavesdrop on page during 2016-2017. He said he was too confident that the monitoring process was working as it should. He noted that Page was only “part” of the investigation, but that he would not have approved the surveillance if he had known about the problems.
Comey also admitted “worrying” and “embarrassing” issues with handling surveillance applications.
“I don’t want to shirk responsibility,” Comey said. “I was the director.”
Comey defended the investigation, which looked into multiple contacts between Russians and Trump employees during the 2016 campaign, opened after a campaign advisor in London boasted that he had heard Russia had harmful information about Hillary Clinton.
“Essentially, it was done from the book, it was appropriate, and it was important that it was done,” Comey said.
He later added, “The overall investigation was very important. The side piece of that? Much less.”
come onthat he is not concerned about an ongoing investigation by US attorney John Durham into the origins of the Crossfire Hurricane and “cannot imagine” that it is a target of the probe.
“Given that I know what happened in 2016, what a group of people were who tried to do the right thing in accordance with the law, I am not at all worried about this investigation into the investigation,” said Comey to “Face the Nation”.
Lindsey Graham, chairman of the judiciary committee, is a staunch defense attorney for the president and has criticized the FBI for opening the investigation. Last week, grahamThis indicates that the primary “sub-source” for the Steele dossier was the subject of an earlier FBI investigation into counter-espionage and that these facts were known to the Crossfire Hurricane team as early as December 2016.