Towards the end of his lengthy second hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James Comey shot down right-wing conspiracy theories about the so-called “deep state” — right to the faces of some of the GOP lawmakers promoting the claims.
Though he was speaking in response to civil rights icon Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Comey’s comments about the “deep state” were in direct contrast to Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), both of whom have suggested inappropriate anti-Trump behavior at the FBI.
“We are going to be okay,” the former FBI director said after Cummings asked him if he believed America will bounce back from the damage many believe Donald Trump caused.
“We’re going to be okay,” he reiterated. “Because the culture of this nation, the culture of an institution like the FBI — there’s no deep state. There’s a deep culture, in the military, in the intelligence community, in the FBI — those three I know very well — a commitment to integrity and the rule of law.”
“No president serves long enough to screw that up,” Comey added.
You can read the entire transcript below:
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