James Comey inked a multi-million dollar book deal not long after he was fired by President Donald Trump, but that book could be causing him a million headaches in light of new revelations.
James Gagliano, an ex-FBI supervisory special agent, said the timing of its release and Comey’s accompanying book tour could cause him problems in light of recent developments that federal investigators have made.
According to the Washington Times:
Galiano told CNN: “There are two major consequential probes going on right now. The Russia probe … and with the findings not being released yet, James Comey is putting himself into a perjury trap position. He will be talking about things – meaning his interactions with the president – he had nine separate interactions either on the phone or in person with the president, and he’s going to set himself up to purposefully or unwittingly saying something that is not consistent with what he’s going to have told the special prosecutor.”
Gagliano said there is also the matter of the Justice Department inspector general looking into the DOJ and FBI over their actions, including during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized private email server, which Comey oversaw. “He’s also be a central figure in that. So, I think that the timing is the issue,” Gagliano said.
That has hardly been the only time Comey has been accused of perjuring himself. Back in 2017 during testimony before the House on supposed Russian meddling in the last U.S. election, the following exchange transpired:
Rep. Jackie Speier (D., Ca): Do you know anything about Gazprom, Director?
FBI Director James Comey: I don’t.
Speier: Well, it’s a — it’s an oil company.
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For some context, Gazprom is a Russian oil company that former Trump associate Carter Page briefly worked with as an energy consultant. Page was the Trump associate that Comey’s FBI used the Chris Steele dossier to justify spying on.
Since the FISA warrant to spy on Page had already been signed and renewed many times over at the time of the exchange, surely Comey knew what Gazprom is. After all, it’s one of the only actual “links” of Page to Russia, even though it was just related to his personal business life, nothing political.
Furthermore, Page’s connection to Gazprom is mentioned in the Steele dossier, which we know for a fact that Comey had read. The dossier also falsely claimed that Page was in line for a 19% stake in another Russian oil company, Rosneft. Given that Rosneft is valued over $60 billion, it’s a bit questionable how anyone could seriously believe the Russians were about to sign over $11 billion dollars to a random Trump campaign associate.
Those are all explosive (bogus) allegations contained in the dossier – but why would Comey deny remembering them? Perhaps because it would’ve forced him to admit just how “salacious and unverified” the document was the entire time.
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