Former FBI director James Comey is formally refusing to answer questions submitted to him by a bipartisan group of senators, suggesting he no longer must do so as a private citizen.
Comey sent an email from his private account last week rebuffing the seven questions that had been submitted to him by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and the committee’s ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein after Comey’s final testimony as FBI director to the panel last month. Comey was fired by President Donald Trump shortly after his appearance.
Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., joined in the request in a show that lawmakers in both parties believed the questions were important enough to demand answers.
Comey’s short email specifically cited his status as a private citizen as a reason for declining to answer the questions.
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The “private citizen “excuse was considered unusual by the senators since numerous former government officials have testified before Congress in recent weeks.
They included former CIA Director John Brennan, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates (who like Comey was fired by Trump) and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.