Capitol Hill testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey and acting director Andrew McCabe makes clear the Department of Justice has not put any political pressure on the agency to drop its Russia investigation, Town Hall reported.
The conservative outlet reported, in light of reports President Donald Trump allegedly pressured Comey to stop the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, testimony from Comey's May 3 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "is getting attention."
When Comey was asked if DOJ higher-ups ever asked an FBI investigation be halted, Comey replied, according to a transcript of the hearing:
"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."
And last week during testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, McCabe said there has been no interference in the FBI's Russia investigation since Comey was fired either.
"The work of the men and women of the FBI continues despite any changes in circumstance, any decisions. There has been no effort to impede our investigation to date," McCabe said, according to video of the hearing.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation in March, leaving Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge. Rosenstein has now appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel on the case.
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