Gaetz: 'Bizarre' That Comey Has Memory Lapses on Anything Favorable to Trump
Former FBI director testified before lawmakers Friday.
Rep. Matt Gaetz called out James Comey for having "selective amnesia" with any facts that are favorable to President Trump.
The former FBI director testified before the House Judiciary Committee Friday 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.
A 235-page transcript of the closed-door testimony reveals that Comey responded with “I don’t know” or “I don’t remember” to dozens of questions concerning key details in the Russia probe.
On "America's Newsroom" Monday, Gaetz (R-Fla.) said it's conceivable that Comey forgot some things, but it's "bizarre" that his lapses in memory just so happen to block congressional oversight.
"The leaking of Comey, the lying about it to Congress, the inconsistencies with the person that came after him, Andrew McCabe, certainly raises a lot of questions about how the FBI was operating during Comey's leadership," Gaetz said.
Gaetz 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.
"He claims to remember with great detail what the president said, but when we ask, 'Well, how did the people at the FBI react? How did the general counsel react? How did your deputy director react?' he was unable to give any details as to the viewpoints they offered," Gaetz said.
He accused Comey of using his position to act as a "political hack," and he said there was "very clearly a double standard" in Comey's handling of the Russia probe and the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
"The [Department of Justice] inspector general said very clearly that Jim Comey did not follow the protocols and procedures of the FBI," Gaetz said. "That resulted in people who had a strong pro-Hillary Clinton, anti-Donald Trump bias making the dispositive decisions, not just on the Hillary Clinton investigation, but they then migrated over to the Donald Trump investigation."
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