“I don’t think [Trump] ordered [Comey] to,” stop the investigation Franken told CNBC’s Joe Kernen on Thursday.
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) told CNBC’s Joe Kernen that he doesn’t believe that President Trump ordered former FBI Director James Comey to end the FBI’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Thursday.
CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Franken what he is hoping to learn from Comey’s upcoming testimony in front of Congress next week.
“I want to find out what everybody wants to find out. Did the president pressure [Comey], ask him to drop the investigation of Flynn, for example,” Franken told Sorkin.
Sorkin followed by asking Franken if Trump did pressure Comey to drop the investigation, what the ramifications should be.
“That’s very serious,” Franken began. “Again, the special prosecutor, Bob Mueller, who I trust, everybody in Washington trusts, he’ll make the determination about whether these are, you know, crimes and, you know, obstruction of justice is a crime.”
Kernen interjected that if Comey does say President Trump pressured him to stop the investigation, people will just replay the clip of Comey testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee in May saying that had never been told to stop an investigation into Flynn.
“I’m not sure when he said that,” Franken responded.
It should be noted that Franken sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Comey made those remarks.
“Don’t you think if someone forcibly told you to go ahead, look, I’m ordering you to do this, he would have resigned, right? He would have had to,” Kernen asked.
“I don’t think he ordered him to do it,” Franken responded.
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