Lindsey Graham signals intention to call James Comey to testify in wake of Mueller findings

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To say that social media exploded in a flurry of hot takes — some rather insightful, others incredibly dumb — following the release of Attorney General William Barr’s summation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in 2016 would be a significant understatement.

One of those who took to Twitter to react was fired FBI Director James Comey, but his oddly cryptic post drew a response from Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who suggested in his own enigmatic way that Comey could find himself the focus of renewed Congressional attention in the near future.

So many questions

The Hill reported that Comey’s post came in the wake of Barr’s four-page summary detailing how Mueller had found no evidence of collusion, conspiracy or coordination between President Donald Trump or any of his associates with Russia during the 2016 election, nor was sufficient evidence found to support a charge of obstruction of justice against the president.

Comey posted a picture of himself, naturally, standing amid a forest of towering redwood trees and staring toward the sky, with a caption that read simply, “So many questions.”

Sen. Graham retweeted that post from Comey and added commentary of his own, intimating that it would not be long before the two would meet again.

FISA warrants face scrutiny

The obvious takeaway from Graham’s tweet was that he, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, intends to call on Comey to testify to Congress once more, this time undoubtedly with specific regard to his particular role in the creation and perpetuation of the now thoroughly debunked Russian collusion narrative.

Asked for clarification on the tweet, Graham’s office directed The Hill to a letter Graham sent to Barr on March 7.

The letter laid out a series of outstanding questions about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant process, the FISA warrant obtained by Comey’s FBI on Trump campaign associate Carter Page, and how much of that warrant was based on the dubious dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele at the direction of Democrat-aligned opposition research firm Fusion GPS, among other related matters.

Given the fraudulent and partisan nature of the anti-Trump Steele dossier, the obvious implication is that it served as a faulty basis for the FISA warrant and subsequent counterintelligence investigation into Trump, which ultimately transformed into the two-year-long special counsel investigation that just concluded.

Tables are turning

The senator further clarified what he was hinting at in the tweet during a news conference on Monday, where he stated that it was now time to look into the “other side of the story” behind the origins of the Russian collusion narrative.

Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram posted a series of tweets as running reports on the news conference, and pointed out that Graham did indeed intend to call Comey before his committee to answer more questions, particularly why he did what he did in 2016 and what more he knew that was not shared in prior testimony.

As Graham noted in the news conference, there has been plenty of scrutiny on President Trump over the past two years, and very little on those who prompted all of the baseless allegations and spurred multiple investigations, though it appears that is about to change.

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