Mike Lee: No Evidence Of Collusion Or Obstruction, Not "Even A Scintilla. ... Time To Wrap This Up"


Utah Sen. Mike Lee responds to former FBI director James Comey's Senate testimony on ABC's 'This Week With George Stephanopoulos.'

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: There was Republican Senator Mike Lee back in October, calling on Candidate Trump to get out of the race after that "Access Hollywood" tape was made public.

He is now a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will be investigating the president's actions.

Also, the author of a new book, "Written Out of History" -- you see it right there.

Senator Lee, thank you for joining us this morning.

You've also called yourself a big fan of James Comey, you said you've had great respect for him ever since you served together at the Department of Justice.

Do you believe that James Comey would lie under oath?

LEE: No, he doesn't strike me as someone who lie under oath. Nonetheless, I'm not wild about the fact that he had these memos leaked -- leaked specifically with the intent of prompting the appointment of a special prosecutor. That doesn't seem to me to be the kind of thing we want out of an FBI director, an FBI director whose example will affect everyone else in a department -- in a Bureau where leaking seems to be a problem.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Do you think that should be investigated now?

Do you think he committed a crime?

LEE: I don't know whether it's a crime. There are those who have suggested that it was. It does, at least, to me, to have been -- it appears to have been inappropriate. I don't think he should have done it.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But now we have two very different stories emerging from the hearings. You've had the story of President Trump saying he never asked for that pledge of loyalty, saying he never asked James Comey to let the Flynn investigation go.

You have a very different story from James Comey.

You know, during the campaign, you were very critical of Candidate Trump for suggesting that the father of your friend, Senator Ted Cruz, was somehow involved in the assassination of JFK. You said he did that without a scintilla of evidence.

Senator Cruz himself called Donald Trump a pathological liar.

So if it's the word of James Comey versus the word of Donald Trump, who gets the benefit of the doubt?

LEE: Look, in this circumstance, if he's got evidence of collusion, bring it forward. If he's got evidence of corruption, of obstruction, bring it forward.

I have yet to see anything, even a scintilla.

And so it's time to wrap this up and it's time to move on.

I don't see any evidence of anything happening here and as a result, I think it's time to move forward.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You're saying that even if what James Comey is saying is true, you don't see the evidence?

LEE: Yes. I don't see that that amounts to obstruction. I don't see any evidence of intent to obstruct. I don't see any indication that there was even the potential for corruption here or for obstruction of justice.

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