Rep. Gaetz Blasts Comey's 'Selective Amnesia': 'Pretty Inconceivable to Me'
Former FBI director testified before lawmakers Friday.
Rep. Matt Gaetz blasted James Comey for having "selective amnesia" during his closed-door testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.
The former FBI director spent six hours Friday testifying before lawmakers on a range of topics, including his handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, the genesis of the Russia investigation and alleged bias at the bureau.
On "The Story" Friday, Gaetz (R-Fla.) said he was particularly interested in Comey's responses to questions about his June 2017 conversation with President Trump, in which Comey believes Trump may have obstructed justice by referencing the Michael Flynn investigation.
"As soon as Comey's done with the president, he prepares a memo and then meets with his senior team at the FBI. He couldn't tell us who was in the room, who was out of the room," Gaetz said, adding that Comey also did not share what senior officials like Andrew McCabe or Bill Priestap thought of the possible obstruction.
"That creates a problem for us, because we want to get a sense of what people's viewpoint was during this particular critical moment in time," Gaetz explained.
He added it's "bizarre" that Comey thought the president of the United States may have committed a crime, but he didn't share that with anyone above him in the chain of command at the Justice Department, such as then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"When you only are speaking to your subordinates, it's a different thing than elevating something you think would be ripe enough for a critical decision," he said.
Gaetz said it's also "pretty inconceivable" that Comey claimed he was unaware that then-FBI General Counsel James Baker was ever in possession of the infamous anti-Trump dossier.
"The director of the FBI somehow knows nothing about it. Another case of selective amnesia."
The House Judiciary Committee is expected to release a transcript of the Comey interview as early as Saturday, and Comey has said he will return for more questioning on Capitol Hill later this month.
Watch the "Story" interview above.