Former FBI Assistant Director Bill Gavin on Thursday said the biggest bombshell from former FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee was the revelation that then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch urged him to classify the Hillary Clinton email probe as a "matter" and not an "investigation".
"I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people's heads".
He said what he wanted Comey to answer was whether or not Trump's interactions with Comey constitute obstruction of justice.
"I know the Republicans are trying to seize on things to distract", he said.
Comey testified at the Senate intelligence committee on the government's investigation into Russian meddling in the USA election and his firing by President Donald Trump.More news: Trump lashes out again at London mayor
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"The president also never told Mr. Comey, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" in form or substance", Kasowitz said, which also contradicted Comey's testimony under oath. Said the president: "When I chose to just do it, I said to myself, I said, "You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won".
He also called President Trump and others in the Trump administration liars. The two investigations - Clinton's decision to establish a private email server and the Russians meddling in the 2016 election - are not the same thing. "And I think it's safe to say today that next week we hope to work with the special council to work out clear pathways for both investigations, his and ours to continue", said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Sen.
Comey again tried to explain that he only discussed the findings of the Clinton investigation after it was completed. "You reached separate conclusions". Mr. Comey didn't disappoint.
He said the direction confused and concerned him, and was "one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the department if we are to close the case credibly".
"What makes it egregious is the fact - and I think it's obvious that it is a fact - that the attorney general of the United States was adjusting the way the department talked about its business so as to coincide with the way the Clinton campaign talked about that business", Michael Mukasey said in an interview with Newsmax on Friday.
Instead, McCain flummoxed Comey with a question about why "the investigation of anything former Secretary Clinton had to do with the campaign is over and we don't have to worry about it anymore?"