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Rep. Meadows: Growing Evidence Shows Comey Lied to Congress

By    |   Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:18 AM EDT

There is a "growing body of evidence" that suggests former FBI Director James Comey lied to Congress when he said there was no coordination between the Department of Justice and the FBI while they investigated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Thursday.

"We know because we have a number of documents, a growing body of evidence, that now would suggest that Director Comey, who under congressional testimony, a number of times has said there was no coordination between [former Attorney General] Loretta Lynch's Department of Justice and our FBI investigation," the North Carolina Republican, a member of the House Oversight Committee, told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."

Not only was that testimony false, but "we have emails that would suggest that that testimony was false, and at best misled the American public," said Meadows. "At worse was lying to Congress."

Even more, he said, "here we are today with emails, text messages, that says that even the no coordination message that Director Comey put out on that infamous day in July [2017] was actually suggested by the Department of Justice."

Show co-host Brian Kilmeade, reading from texts FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page exchanged, Strzok wrote that the "timing looks like hell. Will appear to be choreographed. All major news networks literally leading with "AG to accept FBI D's recommendation," with Page agreeing that the timing was "awful" but there was "nothing we can do about it."

"This is like a third rate movie playing out on text messages," said Kilmeade. "These people are supposed to be guarding our secrets and seeking truth and justice. They don't know how to secure their own texts."

Meadows agreed that it was interesting the two would "go back and forth saying that the timing looks awful," but there is even further evidence.

"There is another email from the Department of Justice that would indicate that, on how to articulate the exoneration of Hillary Clinton," said Meadows. "So as you go further from another source, other than Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, within the Department of Justice, we now know that the edits that they had given edits to Director Comey, or at least the emails would suggest that."

Now, Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, both of whom had been fired, are going back and forth about who is telling the truth, said Meadows.

"What we have is beyond just the two of them though," said Meadows. "It's other people within the FBI and DOJ who know that the testimony that Director Comey gave before congress was not entirely the whole truth and nothing but the truth. As we look at that there is also additional evidence that would suggest that doj narrowed the scope of the Hillary investigation to make sure she was exonerated."

Meadows' comments come a day after eleven conservative Republicans sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and U.S. Attorney John Huber, referring Clinton, Comey, Lynch, Strzok and Page for further investigation of potential violations of federal statutes. Meadows did not sign that letter.

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There is a "growing body of evidence" that suggests former FBI Director James Comey lied to Congress, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Thursday.
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 09:18 AM
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