Baker, FBI general counsel at the time, has testified that he received information from Perkins-Coie and passed it on to others. He said this was unusual ("unique", even). Comey is claiming to have absolutely no knowledge of this. Would Baker have done that and never mentioned it to Comey? Seems unlikely. My gut tells me Comey is lying here, and that he knew it was going on. Comey is claiming tips like that happened all the time, and he wants to see what Baker testified to before he answers. This is serious stumbling by Comey.
Mr. Meadows. And so I can give you something so that you -- your counsel can look at it and refresh your memory, perhaps, as we look at that, but I guess my concern is your earlier testimony acted like this was news to you that Perkins Coie represented the Democratic National Committee, and yet your general counsel not only knew that but received information from them that was transmitted to other people in the investigative team. And I find it interesting that the Director would not know about that because it is not normal that your general counsel would be a custodian of evidence. Is that correct? Was it -- was it normal that people sought out your general counsel to make them aware of potential concerns? Is that normal? Transcript of Comey's testimony Mr. Comey. I kind of think it is not as uncommon as you're suggesting it is. Mr. Meadows. Well, Mr.Baker thought it was uncommon. He said he couldn't ever recall it ever happening before. Mr. Comey. I don't know what the "it" is. What I'm struggling with here is -- Mr. Meadows. Where someone reaches out to the general counsel to give them evidence to say that they want the FBI to look into it. He couldn't recall ano ther time. And you're saying it's not uncommon. Mr. Comey. Used to happen to me all the time. People would email me, saying, check this out, check that out, so -- Mr. Meadows. It may happen with the Director, but it didn't happen with the general counsel. Mr. Comey. Okay. That surprises me a little bit, but in any event, I don't remember him raising it. I don't think it's particularly noteworthy that he wouldn't tell me, but I don't know enough to react to it. Mr. Meadows. So he says a unique situation that had only, in his mind, happened twice in his history with the Bureau, and you're saying that it was so unique there that -- yet he did not tell you about that? Is that your testimony? Mr. Comey. No. Mr. Meadows. That's not your testimony? Mr. Comey. No. Mr. Meadows. Or he didn't tell you? Mr. Comey. No. I -- I didn't -- I heard you characterizing my testimony as me saying it's so unique. I don't remember -- Mr. Meadows. I'm saying he said it was unique; did he tell you? Mr. Comey. I'm struggling because I haven't seen his testimony. So maybe you could let me look at it during the break, and then I can answer on our next round. Mr. Meadows. Yeah, it's -- it's just a two--two sentence, and I'll read it to you: It was unusual for me to be the recipient of information directly from the public or a lawyer or anyone else about an allegation of a crime, close quote. Mr. Comey. Okay. I mean, I accept your reading of it. It doesn't change my reaction that it doesn't --I don't remember it. Second, it doesn't strike me as extraordinary that, if that had happened, he wouldn't give me the particulars. Mr. Meadows. We're out of time.
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