Wall Street Journal Editorial Board Member Has a List of 28 Questions Comey Should Have Been Asked

| APR 16, 2018 | 8:23 PM

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Wall Street Journal editorial board member Kimberly Strassel shared a list of 28 questions former FBI Director James Comey should have been asked during his “20/20” interview.

Strassel posted the list to Twitter, and her proposed questions range in topics from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the Christopher Steele dossier and President Donald Trump.

Christopher Steele

Strassel noted that Comey has repeatedly cited that former British spy Christopher Steele's dossier is “credible.”

Therefore, she wondered, “Does the FBI routinely view as 'credible' sources hired by political operatives?”

Despite his claim that Steele had a “track record,” she wondered if he was concerned he was working for politicians in an election year.

Strassel would have also flat-out asked Steele “who had ultimately hired him.”

If he claimed ignorance of his employer, she would have asked if that would have been “worrisome — that a 'credible' source (and former spy!) was willing to work for/benefit an unknown client?”

She added that if he refused to reveal his source, “doesn't that undercut credibility?”

The Steele Dossier

She called for an explanation as to why specific unverified claims about Trump campaign adviser Carter Page were used as a basis for a FISA warrant four times.

Comey declared that the dossier's central premise, “that Russia attempted to interfere in [the] election” was what mattered.

“Can you name a time in modern history where Russia wasn't doing that?” she asked. “So why then give special credence to a politically motivated, salacious dossier?”

Dossier Financing

She tweeted that Comey claimed the “effort” was “originally financed by a Republican source.”

Therefore, during the interview, the question should have been asked, “You are aware, correct, that the actual dossier effort was only ever financed by the DNC and Clinton campaign?”

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On the basis that Comey knew that a “Democrat-aligned” group funded the dossier but that he didn't know which one, Strassel would have asked:

  • Why on earth not?
  • Did FBI truly not care where info came from?
  • Who was paying for it?
  • Doesn't this go direct to source credibility?

Lying to the FBI

If, as Comey stated, no one should lie to the FBI, she asked why Steele, if he lied, “has not been prosecuted.”

Had she been interviewing Comey, Strassel tweeted she would have posed the question:

Again, given your strong feelings about lying: Why did the FBI never take any follow up action against Huma Abedin, whose statements to FBI are at odds with emails FBI possessed?

On that note, she would have also asked why the FBI didn't interview Clinton until after a year of work and after he made a judgment.

“FBI usually interviews witnesses up front, to see if they lie at the start,” she tweeted. “Why all the special Hillary interview accommodations?”

The Chain of Command

Strassel noted that Comey has stated he believes in the “chain of command” and referenced former Attorney General Loretta Lynch's proposal to use the word “matter” when discussing the Clinton investigation.

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“How do you explain your contrasting dismissal of [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions authority, and your decision to conceal vital information from him?” she tweeted.

Donald Trump

Finally, Strassel pointed out that many of his comments seem to imply that he factored politics into his decision-making.

“Does this not run directly counter to [Department of Justice] policy, which specifically states: 'politics must play no role in the decisions of federal investigators?'” she asked.

Comey's Sunday interview with ABC News was the first interview he's conducted since being fired as FBI director.