tv Former FBI Director Comey After Testimony CSPAN December 18, 2018 2:01am-2:12am EST
the house judiciary and oversight committees to answer questions about the russia investigation and the f.b.i.'s role in the 2016 presidential election. it was the second time this month mr. comey appeared on capitol hill where he remained behind closed doors for several hours. when departing the interview he stopped to answer a few questions from reporters. diciar committees, eform their year long investigation into the 2016 presidential election. his second visit to capitol hill 10 days after his irst and he spoke to reporters door session ed wrapped up. a couple of questions. me.ust wait for i'll say a few words and then i'll take your questions. >> great.
>> are you set? >> great. so another day of hillary linton's emails and the steel dossier. this while the president of the united states is lying about the f.b.i., attacking the f.b.i., attacking the rule of law in this country. how does that make any sense at all? republicans used to understand that the actions of a president matter. president matter, ment matters. of law where are those republicans today? at some point someone has to ofnd up, in the face of fear fox news, fear of their base, ear of mean tweets, stand up for the values of this country and not slink away into etirement but stand up and speak the truth. i find it frustrating to >> it undermines the rule of law. this is the president of the united states calling a witness who has cooperated with his own justice department a rat.
say that again to yourself at home and remind yourself where we have ended up. this is not about republicans and democrats. this is about what does it mean to be an american. what other things we care about above our policy disputes, which are important? the values that represent the glue of this country are under attack from things like that. we have to stop being numb to it. whether you are republican or democrat, you have to stand on your feet, overcome your shame, and say something. >> do you think it is just a political exercise? >> i can't answer is that because i don't know what they are investigating. the questions about the steele dossier struck me as more of the same. >> fox news. your handling of the flynn interview, how is it consistent with the investigation, the domestic investigations operation guy.
entirely different, in my view. what is your next question? >> the domestic investigations operation guide is the roadmap for all agents. there is a special section -- i'm wondering if you feel comfortable with her handling of that. >> i do, i do, very much so. >> some people have criticized you for failing to remember -- turning the fbi's reputation into being nonpartisan. >> they got truthful testimony from me. sometimes you don't know what form people filled out. as far as hurting the fbi's reputation, i hope not. we had to make very hard decisions in 2016. the question is have we reduced the damage? i would rather not be talking to you all, but somebody has to
speak up for the rule of law and i hope there was a lot more people than just me. >> telling sally it's about the interview with michael flynn until the day of -- why did you wait until the day of to tell sally yates about that? >> because i knew if anything came of the interview, the attacks from the trump administration would be that an obama holdover engineered it. i had it to do it separate from her. burning down the entire fbi -- to my shock and horror, they tried to do just that. turkish lobbying, how much of that was on your radar? >> i can't say. >> either one? >> no reaction, and i can't tell you what i knew. the fbi'sr comey,
revocation has taken a big hit over the last year. do you share any responsibility? >> no, the fbi's reputation has taken a big hit because the president and his acolytes have lied about it constantly. although bunch of people who watch your network believe that nonsense. that is a tragedy. it will be undone eventually. >> when did you first learn about the steele dossier? >> sometime in september, i think. i think it was september 2016. >> the way the public is seeing the fbi, what the president is saying? >> people who know better, including republican members of this body, should have the courage to stand up and speak the truth, not be cowed by mean tweets or fear of their base. there is a truth, and they are not telling you. the silence is shameful. >> of the republicans in the house next session, do you see
any taking that mantle? >> not yet. to my view, to the everlasting shame, hopefully they will overcome that and expect to their grandchildren what they did today. >> [indiscernible] >> kind of a vague -- >> in recent days the weight of investigation has carried a lot of criticism. in your view, should that have been handled differently? >> think of what has happened to the republican party. they are up here attacking the fbi's investigation of a guy who played guilty to lying to the fbi. should have been told you can have a lawyer. think of the state of affairs we have ended up in. that is nonsense. i'm proud of the way the fbi conducted itself -- agile and flexible, thoughtful, pursue the lease where you want us to. >> maybe for you or your attorney -- i understand is that when you shared your members
with their legal team, there was a follow-up for the classified containment operation by the bureau. of there spill classified information? >> i am not going to talk about something like that. whether you think it is or not i'm not going to talk about it when we are the other. >> more of these jews from president trump about how the investigation, mr. mueller -- more of these tweets from president trump about the investigation from esther mueller's investigation, is that a sign that it is wrapping up? >> i don't know. on the investigators know that, and we will see. >> there was the report related to the senate intelligence investigation. did that, surprising the findings? hous>> i have not had a chance o see it so i cannot comment. >> do you anticipate whwen democrats take control of the hill, again answering some of these questions in public again? >> i love the idea of coming back as great as you are, but i
respect to this institution. thumb my noseto at them for the democrats. >> are the substantive changes initiative money from what you were here a year ago and you would want to have another public testimony at all? changing in your view of it that needs to be clarified? >> if you read the trust of you will see i am boringly consistent. >> do you have confidence in him? >> no comment. nice to see you all. thank you. >> it will have the youngest most diverse freshman class in recent history. new congress, new leaders. watch it live on c-span starting january 3rd.
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