In Bombshell Hearing on Trump-Russia, Cornyn Presses Comey on Clinton Email Probe

WASHINGTON -- By the time it was Texas Sen. John Cornyn’s turn to question former FBI director James Comey during Thursday's explosive hearing, the ousted intelligence official divulged several bombshells.Comey said earlier in the hearing he took notes of his talks with Trump due to fear the president would later “lie” about them; he believes he was fired due to his handling of the Russia probe; and that Comey passed details of his talks with Trump to the media in order to prompt the appointment of a special counsel to the Russia investigation.But Cornyn, who was briefly considered to replace Comey at the FBI, sought to downplay any suggestion that Comey's ouster was an attempt to impede the ongoing investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steer the 2016 election.“If you’re trying to make an investigation go away, is firing a FBI director a good way to make that happen?” asked Cornyn, the only Texas member of the Senate intelligence committee. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but I’m obviously hopelessly biased given that I was the one fired,” Comey said. “I understand it’s, uhh, personal,” Cornyn replied.Though many of his colleagues pressed Comey for details about his interactions with the president, Cornyn spent much of his time attempting to square Comey’s handling of the Trump-Russia inquiry with that of Hillary Clinton’s email investigation.   Continue reading...

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