Thursday, June 15, 2017

Intel Community Leaders Agree: No Obstruction Occurred

 
To believe that obstruction of justice occurred requires you to ignore the testimony of former FBI Director Comey himself, as well as that of several current and former members of the intelligence community.

Last week, Director Comey confirmed multiple times that neither President Trump nor his staff asked him to stop the Russia investigation.
 
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SEN. RICHARD BURR: Director Comey, did the president at any time ask you to stop the FBI Investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 U.S. elections?
FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY: Not to my knowledge, no.
BURR: Did any individual working for this administration, including the Justice Department, ask you to stop the Russia investigation?
COMEY: No.
In May, Director Comey testified that he had never been asked to halt an investigation for political reasons.
 
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 SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO (D-Hawaii): “So if the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?”
FORMER FBI DIRECTOR JAMES COMEY: “In theory, yes.”
HIRONO: “Has it happened?”
COMEY: “Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something that — without an appropriate purpose. I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that we don’t see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience.”
On May 11th, Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe gave testimony that bolstered Comey’s statements, in which he said “there has been no effort to impede our investigation.”
 
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SENATOR MARCO RUBIO: “Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Mr. McCabe, can you without going into the specific of any individual investigation, I think the American people want to know, has the dismissal of Mr. Comey in any way impeded, interrupted, stopped or negatively impacted any of the work, any investigation, or any ongoing projects at the Federal Bureau of Investigations?”

ACTING FBI DIRECTOR MCCABE: “As you know, Senator, the work of the men and women of the FBI continues despite any changes in circumstance, any decisions. So there has been no effort to impede our investigation today. Quite simply put sir, you cannot stop the men and women of the FBI from doing the right thing, protecting the American people, and upholding the Constitution.”
And on May 23rd, former CIA Director John Brennan testified that no members of the intelligence community shared any concerns with him about President Trump making any effort to impede any investigation.
 
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REP. ADAM SCHIFF: “I want today follow up on a comment I made in the opening statement and that is with respect to a number of the allegations that have been made recently that the president or his aides may have sought to enlist the help of members of the IC or Director Comey himself to drop the Flynn investigation. Have any members of the IC shared with you their concerns that the president was attempting to enlist the help of people within the intelligence community to drop the Flynn investigation?”
FORMER CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN: “No, sir.”
REP. SCHIFF: “Are you aware of any efforts the president has made to enlist the support of intelligence community personnel to push back a narrative involving the collusion issue Mr. Rooney was asking about?”
BRENNAN: “I am unaware of it.”
On June 7th, NSA Director Adm. Mike Rogers testified that he never felt pressured to do anything inappropriate.
 
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ADMIRAL MIKE ROGERS: "In the three plus years that I have been the director of the National Security Agency, to the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything I believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate. And to the best of my recollection, during that same period of service, I do not recall ever feeling pressured to do so."
DNI Director Dan Coats echoed Rogers testimony, saying he also never felt pressure in any way.
 
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DIRECTOR DAN COATS:  "And then secondly, when I was asked yesterday to respond to a piece that I was told was going to be written and printed in the 'The Washington Post' this morning, my response to that was in my time of service, which is interacting with the President of the United States or anybody in his administration, I have never been pressured. I've never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way with shaping intelligence in a political way or in relationship with the ongoing investigation."
Complied by the Republican National Committee