During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken thought he could just slide one past FBI Director James Comey, but learned very quickly that Comey was not there to play games or get political.
During the hearing, Franken decided that he was going to do Comey’s job for him and let him in on a little secret that might point to a preposterous reason that the Russians may have preferred President Donald Trump over his opponent, Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton.
“The FBI, CIA and the NSA all concluded that Russia did in fact interfere in the 2016 election in order to, quote, help President-elect Trump’s election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton,” Franken said to Comey. “Is it possible that in the Russian’s views — view Trump’s business interests would make him more amenable to cooperating with them, quote, more disposed to deal with Russia as the I.C. report says?”
Comey had a clear takedown for that statement.
“That was not the basis for the I.C.’s assessment,” Comey responded.
Franken wasn’t done trying to lead Comey down the rabbit hole to get to his central thesis. He pressed further, asking if it was possible, to which Comey responded that he wasn’t able to answer questions on the “possibility” of things. In investigations, it’s not about possibilities, but facts.
So Franken cut straight to the chase when his leading questioning didn’t get him anywhere.
“Yes. Well, in order for us to know for certain whether President Trump would be vulnerable to that type of exploitation, we would have to understand his financial situation. We’d have to know whether or not he has money tied up in Russia, or obligations to Russian entities, do you agree?”
Comey wasn’t having it, responding, “That you would need to understand that to evaluate that question? I don’t know.”
In his last ditch effort Franken asked if having Trump’s tax returns would help determine the connection between Russia and Trump. And here it is… the tax returns again. Hasn’t anyone learned from Rachel Maddow’s mistake?
That’s not something, senator, that I’m going to answer,” Comey said flatly.
source-conservative tribune, tiffani grey,