Sen. Jim Risch says Comey testimony is what American people deserved

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Following the open Senate Intel Committee hearing, Sen. James Risch (R-ID) says the testimony from former FBI Director James Comey was exactly what the American people deserved.

Sen. James Risch (R-ID) says the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey was a small part of the Russia investigation.

“I’m convinced that director Comey gave an absolute straight shot of what happened,” said Risch.

Risch says the statement released by Comey Wednesday night was helpful for the hearing that took place Thursday. As for the hearing itself, Risch says it was a small part of the overall investigation.

“Today was just one, what will turn out to be, a very small part it. Now admittedly, Comey was a key individual.”

Risch called the classified briefing that took place Thursday afternoon an extension of the open hearing. The senator says after the hearings he still has a substantial confidence in the executive branch.

“We’re all human beings and human beings do things that are human. As a result of that they need to be examined and that’s why you have different branches of government,” said Risch.

Risch says the key moving forward is the continued bipartisan cooperation in the investigation. He says Russian hacking isn’t surprising, but solving the problem is a necessity.

“Our objective is to get it defined as to what they did and then see what we can do as far as making sure that it doesn’t happen anymore and certainly (make sure it) doesn’t affect the outcome in any election.”