GOP Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana appeared to be tongue-tied during Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary hearing with former FBI Director James Comey. And overly fascinated with his interests and career choices.
“I mean, you’re a smart guy,” Kennedy said. “You’re investigating…now you’re investigating the republican nominee for president of the United States. Okay, you’ve already finished with the democratic nominee. Now it’s the republican nominee and [stuttering] you got a FISA warrant [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act], which was a lie. And you say, well, you’re head of the FBI. Didn’t you check? Didn’t you go, ‘Hey guys, this is the nominee for president of the United States. Let’s sit down and talk about what’s your evidence.’ You never did that?”
“Senator, we were never investigating a candidate – republican candidate Mr. Trump,” answered former FBI Director James Comey. “This is about a surveillance warrant on someone who is no longer associated with the campaign.”
“You got his name out of the White Pages?” Kennedy retorted.
“Whose name?” Comey asked.
“And then with General [Michael] Flynn, you’ve wrapped up your investigation, but you’ve decided to take one more shot,” Kennedy added. Sally Yates said you went rogue. Isn’t that accurate?”
To which Comey responded, “It is not accurate.”
“Well, why would she say that?” Kennedy asked. “She sure didn’t compliment you. I was sitting right here bigger than Dallas listening to her. She said you went rogue.”
“So you’re asking me what she meant by that?” Comey asked.
“Yeah, what do you think about that?” Kennedy clapped back.
“I think she was disappointed that I didn’t coordinate the Flynn interview with her in advance and I understood her concern about that,” Comey answered. “I think she understood my explanation afterwards as to why I used my authority, which I had, to do it without coordinating.”
To which Kennedy then asked, “But you don’t like attention?”
Comey said, “I stand by my earlier answer. I love attention from my grandchildren and my children and my wife. And the rest of it, I could let politicians have it.”
Kennedy asked if the two could “agree that the FBI is the premiere law enforcement agency in all of human history?”
“I think so, at the risk of offending DEA, I think so,” answered Comey.
Kennedy then asked Comey what he would have chosen career-wise if he had made a different choice in life. Say, a driving instructor. “Don’t you think the FBI would be better off?”
“I didn’t pursue a career at the FBI,” Comey said. “I was very happily teaching at Columbia when I was asked to become FBI director…”
That’s when Lindsey Graham chimed in with “that’s enough.”
Early voting to be hit by heavy rain and flooding as Hurricane Zeta barrels towards the Gulf Coast
Hurricane Zeta is expected to make landfall near Louisiana's border with Mississippi on Wednesday evening as campaigns work to get supporters to the polls and convince any undecided voters to back their candidate.
"Hurricane conditions and life-threatening storm surge are possible along portions of the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and Storm Surge and Hurricane Watches are in effect," the National Hurricane Center warned.
"Between Tuesday night and Thursday, heavy rainfall is expected from portions of the central Gulf Coast into the southern Appalachians and Mid-Atlantic states near and in advance of Zeta. This rainfall will lead to flash, urban, small stream, and minor river flooding," the center explained.
Lincoln Project releases harrowing new video of the future if Trump wins re-election
The Lincoln Project, the group of former top GOP strategists seeking to beat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, released another new video on Monday evening.
Unlike other videos, the latest release did not feature Trump saying crazy things. Instead, it is more like a 60-second short film.
It features a mother listening to election night returns. She goes into her son's bedroom and lovingly awakens him.
"Hey honey, you asked me to wake you and tell you what happened in the election," she says.
"Who won?" the child asked.
"Trump," she replied. "Trump won."
Twitter again takes action against Trump for lying about mail-in ballots
On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted yet another false claim about mail-in ballots, and implicitly called for throwing out any ballots that have not been received by November 3rd even if they were postmarked before that date.
Twitter took action against the president's false statement, hiding it behind a warning that it "might be misleading about how to participate in an election or another civic process."
The social network has previously limited other tweets from the president, including those giving false information about the COVID-19 pandemic and one that appeared to glorify the shooting of civil rights protesters.