A point of weakness in Comeys' testimony

He told Congress recently that when he was fired, the dossier had still not been verified, and the FBI was still trying to do so. But before that, he told Congress that when Trump asked him to investigate the origins of the dossier, he pushed back on that request. So which is right?

I don't think Comey necessarily lied to Congress here. I think he pushed back on Trump's request to investigate the origin of the dossier because he knew where it came from (and yes, he did probably lie to Congress about that). But his FBI was already trying to verify the dossier ... meaning, find out whether or not it was true.

I think the FBI's efforts to verify the dossier consisted of trying to get warrants on the four people named in the FISA warrant application. That is, instead of presenting the FISA court with verified information containing probable cause of a crime, they presented the FISA court with a line of bullshit and hoped their wiretap would be retroactively self-verifying.

That's not how it is supposed to work.

This entry was published Sun Dec 30 07:47:18 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2018-12-10 07:52:59.0. [Tweet]

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