House Judiciary Republican: Comey could be called to testify again

House Judiciary Republican: Comey could be called to testify again
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Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeKey conservative: Republicans should focus on Sessions, not Rosenstein GOP lawmakers introduce articles of impeachment against Rosenstein Hillicon Valley: Senators working on new Russia sanctions bill | Defense bill includes cyber warfare policy | Hatch tells Google he's still alive | Dem wants tech execs back before Congress | Facebook gets foothold in China MORE (R-Texas) said that former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report White House drafts docs for Trump to revoke more security clearances: report Strzok firing a needed first step to restoring credibility and fairness to the FBI MORE could be called to testify before Congress again over “inconsistencies” between his past testimony and information revealed in text messages between two FBI agents.

Ratcliffe told Politico that Comey could be questioned again after texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page suggested that the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) knew that no charges would be filed against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMueller recommends Papadopoulos be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison Poll: Dem opponent leads Scott Walker by 5 points Cuomo fires back at Trump: 'America is great because it rejects your hate-filled agenda' MORE before her official interview during the probe into her use of a private email server.

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Comey said in past testimony that the decision not to charge Clinton wasn’t made until after that official interview.

“There’s a mountain of evidence — a growing mountain of evidence — that seems entirely inconsistent with what he said under oath,” Ratcliffe, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, told Politico.

“He may have testified truthfully, but there’s a lot of stuff that says that he didn’t. Trust me: He will either appear and testify or he will exercise his Fifth Amendment right,” the lawmaker said.

Ratcliffe added that Comey might not be summoned to testify again until the committee interviews other witnesses and makes its way through hundreds of thousands of documents turned over by the DOJ.

Comey was fired by President TrumpDonald John TrumpBrennan fires new shot at Trump: ‘He’s drunk on power’ Trump aides discussed using security clearance revocations to distract from negative stories: report Trump tried to dissuade Melania from 'Be Best' anti-bullying campaign: report MORE in May.

Ratcliffe also said on Fox News Monday that the texts been Page and Strzok also suggested there was a “secret society” of officials at the FBI and DOJ working against Trump.

Republican lawmakers have pointed to the FBI employees’ texts as an example of a bias against Trump at the FBI and in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s probe. Strzok had been working on Mueller’s team, but was removed over the anti-Trump messages.

GOP lawmakers have similarly been calling for the release of a memo they allege shows the FBI abused a surveillance program against a Trump campaign staffer in 2016.