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Comey says Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into leaks to Rudy Giuliani

October 19 2017, 11:43 | Irvin Gilbert

Comey says Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into leaks to Rudy Giuliani

Comey says Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into leaks to Rudy Giuliani

"I would make the same decision", Comey declared during a lengthy hearing Wednesday in which Democratic senators grilled him on the seeming inconsistency between the Clinton disclosure 11 days before the election and his silence about the bureau's investigation into possible contacts between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's presidential campaign. He said that the FBI does not expect to divulge anything about the Russian Federation investigation until it is completed.

"Why didn't you just do the investigation as you would normally, with no public announcement?" "But Jim Comey didn't tell her not to campaign in Wisconsin after the convention, Jim Comey didn't say not to put any resources in MI until the final week of the campaign".

As Schiff notes, the real choice Comey faced was not to "speak" or "conceal" but rather to comply with or violate a longstanding practice meant to keep the Federal Bureau of Investigation out of politics.

"I think I know what you're - where the confusion is, but I think in a classified setting we can straighten it out", Comey added. "But I sat there that morning and I could not see a door labeled 'no action here'".

The latter investigation could lead to charges of treason against one or more members of the Trump campaign-right up to charges of treason against Trump himself.

He said the idea of impacting the election made him "mildly nauseous".

Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Comey said he believed revisiting the investigation just before the election - knowing it could affect the outcome - would be really bad, but that not to do so would be catastrophic for the agency's independence.

The head of the FBI director said he's been interviewed by the Department of Justice inspector general as part of the DOJ's independent investigation into the FBI's handling of the Clinton email probe.

Comey said he felt he had to inform Congress at the time, after which news of the reopened probe was leaked to the press, because he had previously testified under oath that the investigation had been closed.

Clinton will act as the connector bringing donors to these groups and helping raise money for them, the officials said. But there was nothing found that changed the FBI's decision not to recommend charges.

The FBI launched a counter-intelligence investigation into Russian Federation and the Trump campaign in July, but did not confirm the probe until March.

"That was a central problem over the course of the Clinton email investigation - we had to prove that people knew that they were communicating about classified information in a way that they shouldn't have been, and that they were doing something unlawful".

Consider too how Comey described the would-be agonizing choice he had to make in deciding whether or not to tell Congress-and consequently the whole nation-that he was re-investigating Hillary's emails.

Senators then asked Director Comey why he made a decision to go public with the investigation of Hillary Clinton but not the investigation of whether Donald Trump or his associates had inappropriate contact with Russian agents.

"FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds!" he tweeted. Predicting how turnout will change compared with previous elections is a fraught task, and early evidence from 2016 suggests that turnout was down in some places among key Democratic voting blocs. "I think this theory does not hold up when you look at other investigations".

Several states important to Trump's victory had high proportions of voters who said they only settled on the Republican in the last days of the campaign. But the day after Comey's announcement, House intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes took a clandestine trip to the White House as part of a cascade of events that nearly derailed the House Russia investigation, but instead ended with the Nunes himself becoming the target of a House ethics probe. "There is no such thing", Clinton said in a question-and-answer-session with CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

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