December 11, 2018
In a closed-door hearing jointly conducted by the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Friday, former FBI Director James Comey testified that he could not “interpret” what FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok meant when he sent FBI Special Counsel Lisa Page a text that said: “Hillary should win 100,000,000 to 1.”
“I’m not in a position to interpret their text exchanges so I can’t answer that,” Comey said when asked Friday for his understanding of the meaning of this text.
On July 5, 2016, Comey had announced that the FBI would not recommend criminal prosecution of Hillary Clinton for the way she had handled her emails as secretary of state. Two days later, testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 7, 2016, Comey said in his opening statement that the people at the FBI who decided to make that recommendation “didn’t give a hoot about politics.”
“People can disagree, can agree,” Comey testified then, “but they will at least understand that the decision was made and the recommendation was made the way you would want it to be, by people who didn’t give a hoot about politics, who cared about what are the facts, what is the law, and how similar people, all people have been treated in the past.”
The text from Strzok to Page that Comey said in Friday’s hearing he was “not in a position to interpret” was sent on March 3, 2016.
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