U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley says he doesn’t agree with former FBI Director James Comey’s statement that President Donald Trump was lying when he said the FBI was in disarray under Comey’s leadership. Grassley says he considers the president’s statement a matter of opinion.
“When you characterize an agency, how you think it’s being run, you can be perfectly honest in your assessment of that, and somebody else could consider that a lie," he says.
Comey’s statement was part of three hours of testimony he gave before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Comey declined to offer an opinion on whether President Trump was trying to obstruct justice by expressing hope that Comey would drop an investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Grassley says it’s up to special counsel Robert Mueller to determine if there was any obstruction of justice.
In this River to River segment, Grassley also discusses the healthcare proposal being developed in the Senate and reacts to President Trump’s statement of withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord.