With a major nod tom Ed Morrissey at hotair.com, we have this verbatim transcript of an exchange between then-FBI Director James Comey and Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HA) during Mr. Comey’s testimony on May 3 (the bold print is mine):
HIRONO: Yes. And so speaking of the independence of not just the judiciary but I’d like you to clarify the FBI’s independence from the DOJ apparatus. Can the FBI conduct an investigation independent from the department of Justice. Or does the FBI have to disclose all it’s investigations to the DOJ? And does it have to get the Attorney General’s consent?
COMEY: Well we work with the Department of Justice, whether that’s main justice or U.S. attorney’s offices on all of our investigations. And so we work with them and so in a legal sense we’re not independent of the department of justice. We are spiritually, culturally pretty independent group and that’s the way you would want tit. But yes, we work with the Department of Justice on all of our investigations.
HIRONO: So if the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?
COMEY: In theory yes.
HIRONO: Has it happened?
COMEY: Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something that — without an appropriate purpose. I mean where oftentimes they give us opinions that we don’t see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But I’m talking about a situation where we were told to stop something for a political reason, that would be a very big deal. It’s not happened in my experience.
Got that? They often give an opinion that we don’t see a case there and so you ought to stop investing resources in it. But no one has ever told me to stop something for a political reason.
Am I missing something here, or is that not a 100% specific declaration that James Comey may have been asked to let the Flynn investigation go, but he was not directed to do so?
And if Director Comey felt that he was being forced/coerced/intimidated into ending the Flynn investigation, then why didn’t he SAY something about it at the time?
In a world of even remotely neutral media, we would not have had to wait over two weeks for Ed Morrissey at hotair.com to bring it up. This same testimony was right there for every major network and every major newspaper.
If they didn’t report it to us, it was because they damn well did not want to report it to us.
Anyone still wondering why Donald Trump despises them? Or why, childish as they are, he resorts to tweets to get his message out rather than our “neutral” media?