Last week, the House released a transcript of James Comey testifying that the interviewing agents briefed him that they had seen no indications of deception in Michael Flynn’s testimony.
Former FBI Director James Comey testified to the House Intelligence Committee that FBI agents did not believe that Michael Flynn, who was national security adviser, intentionally lied about talks with Russia’s ambassador, according to a newly unredacted report from the committee.”Director Comey testified to the Committee that ‘the agents’ discerned no physical indications of deception,” said a new version of the report obtained by Fox News on Friday. “They didn’t see any change in posture, in tone, in inflection, in eye contact. They saw nothing that indicated to them that he knew he was lying to them.'”
However, when later asked about this last month by Brett Baier, Comey claimed he’d never said that, never heard that, and didn’t know how that particular #FakeNews got into the media.
“No, I saw that in the media, ‘Comey said last week on Fox News’ “Special Report.” “Someone misunderstood something I said. I didn’t believe that and didn’t say that.”
Well, if the House transcript wasn’t enough, how about the Senate transcript, too?
In a letter to the FBI and the Justice Department seeking documents, Mr. Grassley relates that Mr. Comey “touched on” the Flynn case before the Judiciary Committee on March 15, 2017. A “career, non-partisan law enforcement officer” was present and took notes. “According to that agent’s contemporaneous notes,” Mr. Grassley writes, “Director Comey specifically told us during that briefing that the FBI agents who interviewed Lt. General Michael Flynn, ‘saw nothing that led them to believe [he was] lying.'”Mr. Grassley says this contradicts Mr. Comey’s “public statements during his current book tour denying any memory of those comments,” and that Mr. Comey “led us to believe during that briefing” that “the Justice Department was unlikely to prosecute [ Mr. Flynn ] for false statements made in that interview.”
The House Intelligence Committee has released a transcript of Mr. Comey saying the same thing about Mr. Flynn, so this is the second time Mr. Comey has been contradicted on the point.
The Wall Street Journal writes that the Form 302 interview record forms — the only records the FBI maintains of interviews, remember — are probably among the documents that are being sought from Rod Rosenstein, and can help us find out whether Comey was lying then, or lying now.
And of course Rod Rosenstein is citing Important National Security Concerns as a reason to withhold such documents from Congress.
Not to protect his friend Comey or anything.
Comey knows and counts on the fact that liberals like to be lied to, especially when the lie is something they really, really want to hear. For, forget the fact that he testified under oath that no one thought General Flynn lied. Now, to keep from tarnishing Mueller’s witch hunt, which benefits his vendetta against Trump, he has to lie about that fact.
I wonder when liberals will figure out that all the lies wouldn’t be necessary if there was any foundation of truth for the investigation. IF they cared about truth.
There is no place in the FBI or other government agencies for liars. The government should file a civil suit against Comey and take all of his book proceeds as partial reimbursement for the expenditures made as a result of his lies!
I’d believe Comey before Trump any day of the week. Trump is a compulsive liar. Anyone who hasn’t observed this totally obvious fact can’t be trusted to make a reasonable evaluation regarding James Comey’s honesty.
@Greg: Let me help you. No one cares what you think.
Well, the question is WHEN do you believe Comey? When he says the FBI didn’t have any reason to believe General Flynn lied to them (twice, documented) or when he says he didn’t say that? Fact is, you LIKE to be lied to, as long as you agree with the lies.
Comey has lied, repeatedly. Trump hasn’t. However, being a sore-loser crybaby, you don’t want to accept the fact that the left is lying, losing and being exposed as loser liars.
@Mully: So, it looks like the House records and the Senate records have been altered to make out Comey to be a liar. Does that make several hundred people complicit to make Comey look like a liar? Anyone who believes that is off of his meds and likely missed his last few appointments with his shrink!
What I think is not your problem. Your problem has to do with what is actually true.
@Deplorable Me, #5:
Comey said it was the impression of the FBI interviewers that Flynn wasn’t lying or deliberately attempting to mislead, but they later discovered that was what he’d been doing, and he acknowledged it with a guilty plea.
Trey Gowdy is personally responsible for that deliberate distortion. Essentially he was doing the same thing Flynn did during his own questioning. Gowdy, of course, wasn’t under oath at the time, since he was the one conducting the questioning of Comey.
NOWHERE is that substantiated. Their impression was based on what they heard in response to the questions they asked… questions they already knew the answers to. Therefore, their impressions was that he as telling the truth. Mueller indicted him to pressure him to confirm the lies he was trying to peddle about Trump. He also threatened General Flynn’s son and the General, out of money and protecting his son from a vicious, egotistical tool of the left, plead guilty, which stopped the questions. Now, why hasn’t he been sentenced?
However, the question is not what the meaning of “impression” is. The question is Comey’s flat out denial that he said it, which he did and is lying about. You support the lie and want to discredit the truth.
Comey never said what you’re implying, as he has pointed out himself.
The FBI interviewers saw no indications that suggested Flynn was lying during the interview. They made note of that impression, exactly as Comey stated.
The evidence later demonstrated that this impression was false; in fact, Flylnn had not been telling the truth.
Trey Gowdy cut Comey off mid-sentence, preventing him from clarify that point during televised testimony. Trey Gowdy was deliberately attempting to prevent the facts from being made completely clear, because the truth wasn’t what he wanted to be plainly stated and clearly understood.
This is a perfect example of why none of the people running interference for the Trump administration can be trusted. They’ve all become liars, to one degree or another, and they’re all attempting to destroy those who would reveal the truth.
Trump poisons all he’s part of. Those close to him invariably become complicit. If they don’t, he turns on them. Sometimes he turns on them anyway, the moment it becomes convenient.
This is what will ultimately destroy his administration. No one else will be to blame.
@Greg: So that happened in both the Senate and the House? You are the liar! Go back to peeling potatoes.
There’s no contradiction there. All it says is that Flynn’s interviewers detected no signs of lying; later, it was determined that he hadn’t been truthful—which he acknowledged.
The article is typical FOX News bullshit. Comey did testify that FBI agents saw no ‘physical indications of deception’ by Flynn. But that does not mean Flynn wasn’t being deceptive. Nor does it mean Comey stated at any point that Flynn wasn’t being deceptive. Anyone claiming that is does is lying to you.
There is no “implication”. There is documentation of him stating it to two committees. Or, was he lying, to Congress, under oath? If so, we know where he learned THAT, don’t we?
WHAT evidence? No, what is clear is that General Flynn DIDN’T lie, but Mueller persecuted him to try and leverage him to lie about Trump.
You’re shoveling a load of manure. Whether or not you’re aware that you’re doing so is a separate question, and one that comes up frequently with Trump supporters.
Both of Comey’s statements are truthful. One is not inconsistent with the other. The tale of inconsistency being pitched to the right is itself the lie. Anyone who looks closely can discover that for themselves, but they first have to want to know what’s actually true.
They are inconsistent. He is lying somewhere. He said to two committees the FBI questioners did not think General Flynn lied. However, he did not later say that subsequent evidence changed that opinion; he said he never made those statements.
So, it appear it is YOU shoveling the sh!t and you are shoveling it into your own head.
He DID NOT say to two committees that the FBI questioners did not think Flynn was lying.
He said “the agents…discerned no physical indications of deception. They didn’t see any change in posture, in tone, in inflection, in eye contact. They saw nothing that indicated to them that he knew he was lying to them.”
That’s not what they thought or concluded about Flynn’s truthfulness. Those are observations they recorded about his behavior during questioning.
Creating confusion on that point was what Gowdy was doing when he asked Comey a question, and then cut him off in the middle of a sentence before he could clarify it enough for even a FOX News viewer to understand.
Is “speech” a physical indication? Is “hearing” and indication? While overly verbose, that’s not too confusing. The FBI was asking questions. General Flynn was responding with answers. Afterwards, the FBI saw or heard nothing (no physical indications) that led them to believe the General was lying. Nothing. No sweating, no darting eyes, no nervous tics… and no ANSWERS.
Again, Comey didn’t get into “what the definition of “is” is, he flatly stated he never made the statement. That is a lie. Comey is a liar. Perhaps his lying to protect Hillary will pay off for him eventually, but he is still a liar.
@Deplorable Me: Wait till the FISA data comes out. Then you will see the big Comey lies!
@Randy: We dont have to wait, his hand is tipped with the Russia indictment, he has nothing except a fatter wallet at our expense. I want my tax dollars back, I really had my eye on MOAB not a new sports car for that slimey slip and fall.
@Deplorable Me, #17:
Trump lies with great frequency, but there are no readily observable physical indications of it. If I were to comment on that lack of observable tells and tip offs, it wouldn’t mean I believe he’s telling the truth.
May 1, 2018 — President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims so far
@Greg: How many resulted in the destruction of someone’s life? How many were used in a treasonous effort to destroy our country? The issue here is that Comey’s lies are felonies under the law. Trump spouts propaganda to emphasize political points.
@Greg: Also, Comey was a federal employee testifying to a congressional committee while Trump is an elected official speaking while not under oath. There are different sets of rules. If there were not, the big liar, Obama, would be residing in Leavenworth, KS. The fact that you do not understand the difference is why you qualify as a potato peeler and little else.
@Greg: Trump hasn’t lied about Russian collusion; the left has. Leftists within the FBI, at Obama’s direction, used unverified political dirt Hillary paid for as an excuse to spy on Trump’s campaign. The lie is that there was any provocation for an investigation. It is a political ploy.
@Randy: Well, you know how critical Greg is about lies. I mean, Obama never lied about Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS targeting, Iraq or Iran. He never lied about us keeping our insurance or doctor. Hillary never lied about Benghazi, her emails, sniper fire, pay for play or Uranium One, either. Otherwise, Greg would have a list someone compiled on THEM.
Feel free to provide specific, documented examples of outright lies told by Clinton or Obama. See if you can get up to a dozen each. If you can manage that, see if you can convince any reasonable person that there’s no difference between a dozen and 3,000 specific, documented instances in a bit over a year.
There’s a reason no one on the right has compiled fully documented lists on Obama or Clinton to make such a direct comparison.
I just did. Further, each scandal contained dozens of their lies. But, you know that. You like their lies. They comfort you.
There must be a reason you didn’t bother to Google that before you made such a blatantly stupid assertion.
But, again, it is the left, not Trump, that is lying about Russian collusion.
@Deplorable Me, #26:
Specific, documented examples of outright lies told by Clinton or Obama? No, what you provided was a handful of vague allusions to totally imaginary specifics, which in the alternate reality of the right’s echo chamber passes for actually having said something.
@Greg: So, you, the intelligent, worldly omnipotent Greg, needs PROOF that Obama lied about we being able to keep our insurance or Hillary lying about not having any classified information on her secret, private, unsecured email server? Or, both of them lying about Benghazi being caused by a video? Or, not a “smidgen” of scandal in the IRS targeting campaign? You are unaware of this?
Really, Greg. Really. I know, when cornered, liberals have mastered the art of the delaying action, but… really?
@Greg: I think he just did. That just goes to show that you could not recognize a liberal lie if you fell over it. It appears that you are so indoctrinated you can not see or you are too stupid!