The lawmaker pointed out that the former director had admitted to waiting to brief Congress on the investigation into President Donald Trump‘s 2016 campaign:
“It was clear in the open hearing that Director Comey testified that he chose not to brief the Gang of Eight on the opening of the counterintelligence investigations. This has been widely reported, this was an open hearing, and we’ve worked across the aisle on the language to be included in the Intel Authorization Act to ensure that any counterintelligence investigation in a presidential campaign is briefed.”
She argued that similar situations should be prevented in the future by making updates to the procedure.
“So I’d hope you would agree based upon the testimony of Director Comey that he circumvented the process,” Stefanik said. “And in our oversight capacity, I agree with you, we need to have an update to make sure that they’re following those procedures.”
However, Schiff was quick to disagree with her, saying that Comey did not testify that he waited to discuss the probe with congressional leaders at a later date.
“I would only say that that was not his testimony, that the first time he was briefing the counterintelligence investigation to us was contemporaneous with his disclosing it to the public,” Schiff said.
Stefanik slammed Schiff and spoke out against him, saying that she hoped people would look for the truth themselves.
“I hope that members of the public would go back to Director Comey’s testimony and follow the facts,” she said.
However, Stefanik also took to Twitter afterward to call out Schiff by sharing a video from the 2017 hearing proving her statement was true.
Watch the video below:
.@RepAdamSchiff didn’t believe me today when I told him Comey circumvented Congress by opening an investigation into the Trump campaign. Maybe he’ll change his mind once he hears it straight from Comey’s mouth? WATCH ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/xHtmGZTERe
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) June 12, 2019
“Why was there no notification prior to the recent — the past month?” Stefanik asked Comey during the hearing, with Comey replying that the investigation “was a matter of such sensitivity that we wouldn’t include it in the quarterly briefing.”