Just Hours Before James Comey Is Set To Testify, Trump Makes Sudden Move That's Turning Heads

 

As FBI Director James Comey prepared to be questioned Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, he was feeling some heat from President Donald Trump.

On Tuesday night, Trump sent out a pair of tweets about Comey and the 2016 presidential election.

“FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?” Trump tweeted.

 

Since the election, Hillary Clinton has frequently pointed to Comey’s letter announcing the reopening of the FBI’s investigation into her private email server as a primary reason she lost.

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“I was on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey’s letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off,” she said.

“If the election were on October 27, I’d be your president,” she said.

On Wednesday, Comey will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has already indicated he plans to grill Comey about a possible FBI connection with former British spy Christopher Steele, who authored a dossier of dubious allegations about Trump’s relationship with Russia.

Comey is also expected to face questions about his role in the presidential election, including his decision in July to announce that Clinton would not be prosecuted over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

 

He will also be questioned about the role of Russia in the election. In March, Comey told the House Intelligence Committee the FBI was investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“The most important investigation the FBI is currently conducting is into Russia’s interference in our last presidential election,” Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. “This isn’t just about understanding Russian interference and potential coordination of some kind with the Trump campaign. This is about defending our next election as well.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said it is time to resolve all the questions around who was spying on whom and why.

“I just want an answer. I just want to know what is going on here,” Graham said Tuesday. “You had [former Director of National Intelligence James] Clapper say there was no surveillance of the Trump campaign or Trump Tower. You’ve got press reports a FISA warrant was issued for Carter Page because of his ties to Russia. I just want to know what happened. And if we can’t do it in an open session, let’s do it in a closed session.”

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