Lindsey Graham: Comey ‘intervened in the election’ over unauthentic intelligence
Former FBI Director James Comey should be held responsible for triggering a presidential election calamity over “fake” intelligence, said a top GOP senator on Sunday.
“If he intervened in the election based on fake information generated by the Russians, that was an incredibly incompetent thing to do,” Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“This is a huge deal,” she said of recent reporting that James Comey hijacked the Department of Justice probe based on fake Russian intelligence.
“That, to me, is a stunning story,” said Lindsey. “From Congress’ point of view, he never told us it was fake, so he needs to be held accountable.”
The former FBI director was aware of an essential file that affected the Bureau’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s email was unauthentic but decided to proceed anyway, according to CNN.
The file was of Russian origin that alleged to show that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch had been compromised.
It mentioned of an alleged email exchanged between former DNC Committee Chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz and one political staffer, Leonard Benardo, regarding reassurances Lynch had made not to allow the FBI probe to go too deep
According to the Washington Post, Comey used this forged document as grounds to bypass Loretta and hold a historic press conference to openly acquit then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing, and brazenly say that Clinton had been “extremely careless” handling confidential material.
Comey refused to tell Congress he knew the information was misleading because he was afraid it could jeopardize the investigation and the the DOJ, reported CNN.
“If he did in fact believe the email was fake he should have shared it with the Congress because we have oversight over him,” Graham said. “I can’t imagine a scenario where it’s OK for the FBI director to jump into the middle of an election based on a fake email generated by the Russians and not tell the Congress.”
Graham wants further investigation on the alleged email and possibly further sanctions on Russia.