Boy, when the shoe is on the other foot, it’s not so fun, is it? Former FBI Director James Comey wasn’t so forthcoming with answers to questions when he sat before investigators to testify about his actions with his controversial decision to close the instigation into Hillary Clinton’s transmission of classified information on private email servers.
In this, his second time in front of the panel, Comey seemed to have a difficult time recalling many of the crucial moments of that critical time in history, and answered ‘I don’t know’ or I don’t recall’ nearly 300 times in the course of his testimony. I wonder how that would have gone over if one of his agents had encountered such flagrant disregard for the rule of law while he was FBI Director?
This isn’t the first time Comey has been called to Capitol Hill to testify.
According to the Daily Caller, “Comey previously testified in early December for several hours, and during that session, he claimed he could not recall answers to specific questions on several occasions.”
In response to this shameless stonewalling, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took a strong stance and let Comey have it with both barrels:
“Republicans should stand up to Comey and his tremendous corruption - from the fake Hillary Clinton investigation to lying and leaking, to FISA abuse, and a list too long to name. The President did the country a service by firing him and exposing him for the shameless fraud he is”
Comey’s apparent ‘amnesia’ did not escape the attention of the President, either. Mr. Trump called out the disgraced former FBI Director for refusing to be honest and upfront with investigators.
“On 245 occasions, former FBI Director James Comey told House investigators he didn’t know, didn’t recall, or couldn’t remember things when asked. Opened investigations on 4 Americans (not 2) - didn’t know who signed off and didn’t know Christopher Steele. All lies!”
And it wasn't just Sanders and Mr. Trump. Comey received harsh criticism from other prominent members of the political and legal community. Herman Cain, former U.S. presidential candidate had this to say:
"If Comey really cares about the "rule of law" and restoring the FBI's reputation, maybe he should cut the "I don't recall" schtick and give us some straight answers."
We're not sure how long Mr. Comey can get away with these stall tactics, but one thing is clear. The American people want some answers and they want the truth. And if we can't get that from someone who was once entrusted with the leadership of the top investigative organization in the country, then there's something seriously wrong with the way we do things in the United States.