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Tags: mike lee | senate | judiciary committee | clinesmith | crossfire hurricane | google

Sen. Lee: Questions for Comey Date Back to Obama Years

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Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 17 September 2020 02:05 PM

Sen. Mike Lee said Thursday he has a lot of questions for former FBI Director James Comey when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as he will need to answer for the bureau's abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act under his tenure. "I've got questions for Jim Comey that date back to when we first confirmed him to be the FBI director many years ago while President Obama was still in the White House," the Utah Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends."

Lee added that the abuse of FISA "was rampant" under Comey and went on to culminate in "false statements that were submitted and approved under his leadership." Lee said the former director must answer some questions. 

Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced Comey had agreed to testify before the panel regarding the "Crossfire Hurricane" counterintelligence investigation into whether President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign collaborated with Russia. 

Meanwhile, last month, former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to federal charges of making a false statement as part of the first criminal case to come out of U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the origins of "Crossfire Hurricane."

Clinesmith's assertion was used by the Justice Department in its third application in 2017 to eavesdrop on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. 

Lee also discussed his questions of a Google executive during a hearing about the company's dominance in digital ads. 

As subcommittee chairman, Lee opened the hearing saying that it wasn't focused on issues of perceived bias against conservative outlets, but then he asked the executive about that topic, reports The Washington Post.

"What they cannot do is to be a monopoly and maintain bias against conservatives," Lee told Fox News. "You wouldn't go out if you had a restaurant or if you had an auto service business of some sort and say I'm going to serve only Republicans and not Democrats or I'm going to serve Democrats but I'm going to be rude to my Republican customers. You wouldn't do that unless you believed that your customers couldn't go anywhere else. That's what we're looking into with Google."

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Sen. Mike Lee said Thursday he has a lot of questions for former FBI Director James Comey when he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee, as he will need to answer for the bureau's abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act under his tenure. "I've got...
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