Mark Warner (D- Virginia), a Vice Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos that last week was a “wild week” concerning the Trump administration’s handling of the investigation about Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential election and the way that FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Donald Trump.
Senator Warner explained that last week that you had former acting Attorney General Sally Yates testify that the administration had not taken her information about General Flynn in an appropriate manner, and the FBI Director was fired 2 days before he was set to testify before his Senate committee.
Senator Warner said that unfortunately “you have seen political interference” and pointed out that the White House switched their story line midweek when the president indicated he was going to fire the FBI Director regardless of what the deputy attorney had said, because of the Russia investigation.
Senator Warner said that at first they fired Comey because of a memo from the deputy attorney general which he admitted “didn’t pass the smell test because it said they were going to fire Comey because of how he treated Hillary Clinton.”
“That’s a bit laughable” Sen. Warner explained.
“Then he acknowledged it was because Comey was investigating Russia” Sen. Warner added.
Senator Warner said that President Trump began criticizing FBI Director Comey as he’s criticized other intelligence community leaders which he admitted is not good for morale in the intel community.
“And then at the end of the week, you have this very bizarre statement by the president that there may exist private tapes. And we want to make sure those tapes are preserved, because we’re going to take a look at them in Congress” Sen. Warner admitted.
Senator Warner said that he would love to have former Director Comey appear in an open hearing.
“I think Jim Comey deserves his chance to lay out to the American public his side of the facts, because how he was treated was pretty awful by this president” Sen. Warner said.
Senator Warner explained that he’s always had confidence in former FBI Director Jim Comey.
“I think he made some mistakes last fall, but I have never lost that confidence” Senator Warner said.
Over the week-end, President Trump told reporters that a new FBI Director could be appointed as early as this week, although final confirmation is still needed in the Senate.
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