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Comey: I sent FBI to Flynn and got away with it

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Published on Dec 17, 2018

Sunday , December 9, 2018, former FBI Director James Comey described to NBC's Nicole Wallace when he sent two FBI agents to visit then-National Security Adviser Mike Flynn at the White House on January 24, 2017 [go to minute 1:37]

TRANSCRIPT:
Wallace to Comey: "You look at this White House now, and it's hard to imagine two FBI agents ending up in the State room. How did that happen?"

Comey: "I sent them." [Audience celebrated.]

Comey: "Something we've -- I probably wouldn't have done or maybe gotten away with in a more organized investigation -- a more organized administration. In the George W. Bush administration, for example, or the Obama administration."

"The protocol, two men that all of us perhaps have increased appreciation for over the last two years." [Audience applauded.]

"And in both those administrations there was process. And so if the FBI wanted to send agents into the White House itself to interview a senior official, you would work through the White House Counsel and there'd be discussions and approvals and it would be there. And I thought, it's early enough, let's just send a couple of guys over."

"And so we placed a call to Flynn, said, hey, we're sending a couple of guys over. Hope you'll talk to them. He said, sure. Nobody else was there. They interviewed him in a conference room at the White House Situation Room, and he lied to them. And that's what he's now pled guilty to."

Wallace to Comey: “What did he think they were coming over there for?”

Comey: “I don't think he knew. I know we didn't tell him.”

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