Advertisement

FBI officials close to James Comey not allowed to appear before senate committee

FBI officials close to James Comey not allowed to appear before senate committee
From Global News - September 13, 2017

The Justice Department says it will not permit two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey to appear privately before a congressional committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Senate Judiciary Committee had asked in July to interview the two officials, Jim Rybicki and Carl Ghattas, and then agreed to narrow the scope of questioning after the Justice Department initially declined to make the men available.


But in a letter this week obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department said it would still not permit the officials to be questioned in order to protect the integrity of the investigation being done by special counsel Robert Mueller. Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said in the letter that the overlapping areas of the committees investigation and Muellers probe had not yet been sorted out, or de-conflicted.

READ MORE: Donald Trump: If Russia interfered in election, why didnt Obama stop it?

Ghattas is the head of the FBIs national security branch and Rybicki served as chief of staff to Comey, who was fired in May by President Donald Trump. Comey has said those men were among the FBI officials with whom he shared concerns about Trumps behavior toward him, in the weeks before he was fired.

The Justice Departments refusal to make Ghattas and Rybicki available is an indication that Mueller, who is leading the Justice Departments investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, sees them as relevant witnesses to the events leading up to Comeys firing.

Advertisement

Continue reading at Global News »