Almost everybody is focused on what FBI Director James Comey said at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this week. But what might be the most important part of his testimony is what Comey didn’t say. Possibly the most newsworthy part of the questioning process are his non-answers, specifically the questions that the director refused to answer from Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.). Those questions referred to how Donald Trump’s tax returns might fit into an investigation regarding potential Russian connections and collaborations.
Franken noted to Comey that Donald Trump Jr. has previously talked about The Trump Organization’s business deals in Russia and also that the intelligence community consensus was that Russia wanted to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. The senator then focused on a huge, unanswered question: Why did the Russians favor Trump?
Senator Franken explained and then asked, “It seems to me that in order to answer that question, any investigation into whether the campaign or Trump operation colluded with Russian operatives would require a full appreciation of the president’s financial dealings. Director Comey, would President Trump’s tax returns be material to such an investigation?”
Comey responded: “That’s not something, Senator, I’m gonna answer.”
Franken continued: “Does the investigation have access to President Trump’s tax returns?”
Comey replied that “I have to give you the same answer.”
The FBI Director did say that he hoped that “people don’t over-interpret” the answers to that line of questioning. He just feels he can’t say anything about “what we’re looking at and how.”
So, we want to know how our Red-Blue Divide family is interpreting James Comey’s answers or lack of answers. Do you feel like Comey’s testimony was sufficient, or is he hiding information for political purposes?
Credit: Independent Journal Review