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 RatcliffeJohn Ratcliffe back under consideration by Trump for top intel job Trump's intel moves spark Democratic fury Sunday shows preview: 2020 candidates look to South Carolina MORE (R-Texas) said that former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Comey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' Trump punts on Stone pardon decision after sentencing 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 ClintonDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE before her official interview during the probe into her use of a private email server.


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 TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes 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 (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.