Al Franken Asked The Single Best Question Of James Comey, But Comey Fumbled The Ball

At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey was asked a lot of questions about the way in which he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server and whether or not he felt he had helped tipped the election to Donald Trump. Comey said the very suggestion that he might have affected the election made him “mildly nauseous.”

But when it was time for Minnesota Senator Al Franken to question Comey, Franken cut right to the meat of the real story: Whether or not Donald Trump and the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to assist Trump. Franken wondered:

“In order for us to know for certain whether President Trump would be vulnerable to that type of exploitation, we would have to understand his financial situation. We’d have to know whether he has money tied up in Russia obligations to Russian entities, do you agree?”

Bizarrely, Comey replied:

“I don’t know.”

Next, Franken asked if the FBI was looking at Trump’s taxes as part of their investigation. To that, Comey commented:

“I hope people don’t over-interpret my answers, but I don’t want to start talking about anything — what we’re looking at and how.”

I completely respect the fact that the director cannot talk about an ongoing investigation, but if the FBI isn’t looking at Trump’s tax returns, then they’re not seeing the whole picture. Everything is about money with Donald Trump, and his taxes would clearly show where he owes money and who invests in his company. As we learned in Watergate, the way you get to the bottom of the story is to follow the money.


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