What Did James Comey Tell the FISA Court?

James Comey signed the application for a FISA warrant but he claimed later that he didn’t know the dossier came from the Clinton campaign.

There’s an ongoing argument about whether the FBI deliberately hid the fact that the Steel dossier was Clinton opposition research. We’ve already pointed to Mollie Hemingway’s argument that they did hide the truth. But there’s also evidence from former FBI director James Comey.

Jason Beale argues in the Federalist, “James Comey’s Own Words Suggest FBI, DOJ Hid Dossier Funding From The FISA Judge.”

He provides the transcript of Brett Baier’s April 26, 2018 interview with Comey:

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Baier: When did you learn that the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign had funded Christopher Steele’s work?

Comey: Yes, I still don’t know that for a fact.

Baier: What do you mean?

Comey: I’ve only seen it in the media. I never knew exactly which Democrats has funded – I knew it was funded first by Republicans –


Baier: But that’s not true.

Comey: I’m sorry?

Baier: That’s not true that the dossier that Christopher Steele worked on was funded by Republicans.

Comey: My understanding was his work started funded by – as oppo research funded by the Republicans.

Baier: So Free Beacon and – said that they had Glen Simpson and Fusion GPS on account of a retainer but they did not fund the Christopher Steele memo or the dossier. That was initiated by Democrats.

Comey: Ok, my understanding was the activity was begun that Steele was hired to look into was first funded by Republicans then picked up – the important thing was picked up by Democrats opposed to Donald Trump.

Baier: So it that why – did you tell President Obama that the dossier was – who it was funded by?

Comey: No, not to my recollection.

Baier: Did you want to know who it was funded by?

Comey: I wanted to know what I knew which was it was funded by people politically opposed to Donald Trump.

Baier: Ok.

Comey: Which particular opponents wasn’t that important to me.

Baier: But when did you – So you, still, to this day, don’t know that it was funded by the DNC or the (inaudible)?

Comey: I’ve read that in the media, but I don’t know for a fact and didn’t know, when I was at the FBI, which exact opponent of the president’s funded that.

So if James Comey was denying he had factual knowledge that the Steele dossier came from the Clinton campaign how can he claim that he signed a surveillance warrant application that revealed that it did?

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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