The Department of Justice has issued a statement in which they are disputing certain aspects of Comey’s testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
In one case, the DOJ is disputing Comey’s claim that he had never received any notification regarding the parameters of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation.
“In his testimony, Mr. Comey stated that he was ‘not *** aware of’ ‘any kind of memorandum issued from the Attorney General or the Department of Justice to the FBI outlining the parameters of [the Attorney General’s] recusal,'” the DOJ Statement reads. “However, on March 2, 2017, the Attorney General’s Chief of Staff sent the attached email specifically informing Mr. Comey and other relevant Department officials of the recusal and its parameters, and advising that each of them instruct their staff ‘not to brief the Attorney General *** about, or otherwise involve the Attorney General *** in, any such matters described.'”
In addition, the Department of Justice acknowledged that a story published shortly after Comey’s firing which claimed the former FBI Director had requested additional resources for the Russia probe was, in fact, false.
“Despite previous inaccurate media reports, Mr. Comey did not say that he ever asked anyone at the Department of Justice for more resources related to this investigation,” the statement reads.
Read the DOJ’s full statement below: