James Comey says a subpoena may not work for Mueller report


WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Former FBI Director James Comey on Friday said that he did not know if Democrats could obtain an unredacted copy of the Mueller report with a subpoena if the Department of Justice declined to release it.

article published earlier this month in The Washington Post. He wrote in the article that Republicans were incorrect in saying that transparency about Mueller’s conclusions was impossible.

His comments came during a moment of particularly intense public interest in the special counsel, who is investigating links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Earlier in the day, Trump said “there should be no” report. On Thursday, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a symbolic resolution calling for the document’s public release.

Comey said the House vote was “good news.”

“I don’t think I’ve seen the House of Representatives vote unanimously for anything in my entire life,” Comey said Friday. “But they voted unanimously yesterday, the sense of the House, that there ought to be transparency around the Mueller report consistent with the law.”

The former FBI director has faced intense public scrutiny for his actions in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. In June, a government watchdog slammed Comey for being “insubordinate.”

Much of the focus has been on a letter Comey sent to Congress shortly before Election Day saying that he had uncovered new information that could be significant to the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified material. Clinton’s lead in the polls sank decisively after Comey’s announcement, and some have blamed him for her defeat.

But Comey on Friday offered a stern defense of his decisions at the time, including the decision to not disclose a concurrent investigation into Russian meddling that began that summer.

Failing to tell Congress about the new information about Clinton “would have caused catastrophic damage to the administration of justice at least in our lives, probably forever,” Comey said.

Source: CNBC

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