Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) questioned the reasoning behind former FBI Director James Comey’s delaye in briefing Congress on the existence of the Russia probe until early 2017 – days before he made the probe public. Her question came Wednesday at a hearing of the Intelligence Committee focused on special counsel Robert Mueller’s evidence regarding Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Stefanik gave an impassioned speech about Comey, drawing an approving tweet from fellow Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas).
“Congresswoman Elise Stefanik dropping some truth bombs on @RepAdamSchiff 🔥🔥💣💣🧨,” Crenshaw tweeted, in reference to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Cali).
Crenshaw included a tweet by Stefanik, in which she captioned a video, “.
@RepAdamSchiff didn’t believe me today when I told him Comey circumvented Congress by opening an investigation into the Trump campaign. Maybe he’ll change his mind once he hears it straight from Comey’s mouth?”
In the video, Stefanik said, “It was clear in the open hearing that Director Comey testified that he chose not to brief the ‘Gang of Eight’ on the opening of the counterintelligence investigations. This has been widely reported, this was an open hearing, and we’ve worked across the aisle on language to be included in the ‘Intel Authorization Act’ to ensure that any counterintelligence investigation in a presidential campaign is to be briefed.”
“I hope you would agree based upon the testimony of Mr. Comey that he circumvented the process,”Stefanik continued.
Schiff contended that Stefanik was wrong about the timing of Comey’s testimony, after which Stefanik suggested that the public go back and look at Comey’s testimony to follow the facts regarding the protocols and procedures Comey followed.
In the video, she included a clip showing her questioning of Comey from March 21, 2017. During that hearing, Comey said the Bureau decided not to include the investigation in quarterly updates to Congressional leadership earlier “becase of the sensitivity of the matter.” The head of the counterintelligence division was ultimatly responsible for that decision, he said.
.@RepAdamSchiff didn’t believe me today when I told him Comey circumvented Congress by opening an investigation into the Trump campaign. Maybe he’ll change his mind once he hears it straight from Comey’s mouth? WATCH ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/xHtmGZTERe
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) June 12, 2019
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 12, 2019