Idaho Senator weighs in on Comey testimony

Posted at 7:32 AM, Jun 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-09 09:32:46-04

Idaho Senator Jim Risch was among those who questioned former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday and following the testimony Risch described Comey as a credible witness.  He even defended Comey after the fired FBI director admitted he leaked information from a private conversation with President Trump to a friend who shared it with a reporter.

"I don't think that was a leak in the classical sense.  I certainly don't hold that against him," Senator Risch said.

Senator Risch did question Comey on how he perceived his conversations with President Trump including one held after the President ordered everyone out of the room.  Comey's memo quotes President Trump saying, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.  He is a good guy.  I hope you can let this go."

"Comey took that to mean he was ordered to do something and that's not what the words are," Senator Risch said.

Senator Risch says despite the attention the Russia investigation has attracted Congress is trying to move forward.

"We're still working on healthcare and our goal is to have a vote on the new healthcare bill before the Fourth of July."