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FLASHBACK: Comey: Effort to Halt Investigation Has Not Happened

Testimony given by the former FBI Director seems to contradict the New York Times report.

Former FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee that, in his experience, he had never been told to stop an investigation because of a political reason during testimony on May 3, 2017, a statement that may contradict the New York Times report.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) asked Comey if “the Attorney General or senior officials at the Department of Justice [DOJ] opposes a specific investigation, can they halt that FBI investigation?”

“In theory, yes,” Comey responded.

Sen. Hirono followed up by asking Comey if this had ever happened to him.

“Not in my experience. Because it would be a big deal to tell the FBI to stop doing something that – without an appropriate purpose,” Comey responded.

Comey continued by telling Sen. Hirono that often the DOJ gives the FBI opinions, telling the FBI they don’t see a case and the FBI should 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,” Comey concluded.

Comey’s statement to the Judiciary Committee, just days before President Trump fired him, seems to contradict the Times report about Comey’s memo.

According to the New York Times, President Trump asked Comey to stop the investigation into ousted national security advisor Michael Flynn.