That was in May of 2017.
Love him or hate him, this testimony he gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3, 2017 was swept under the rug by the mainstream media. But we have this segment of that testimony from the Washington Post in a story entitled:
Read the full testimony of FBI Director James Comey in which he discusses Clinton email investigation
LOL! Maybe they should have subtitled it:
Comey drops bombshell, says hundreds of refugees did get in to US with ties to Islamic terrorism!
I’m posting this now as a separate post before I get to the main thing I wanted to say today.
From testimony where Director Comey is being questioned by Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii about Trump’s so called “Muslim ban:”
[Emphasis below is mine. Six countries discussed are Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.]
HIRONO: Thank you. As mentioned earlier, Director in March President issued a revised refugees and visa ban executive order that suspended entry into the U.S. from six majority Muslim countries. The suspicion was this suspension was largely premised on the claim that quote more than 300 person who entered the United States are refugees are currently the subjects of counter terrorism investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, end quote. Can you provide any additional information on whether the persons under investigation are from the six countries subject to the suspension? And are these persons exclusively from the six countries subject to the suspension. And if not what other countries are represented among the population that is currently under investigation?
COMEY: I’m sure we can provide you. What I can tell you here is I think — I think about a third of them are — are from the six countries — so 300. About a third of them are from the six countries. I think two thirds of those were from the seventh country Iraq that was not included. But I’ll make sure my staff get to the precise numbers Senator.
HIRONO: So Iraq is the only other country that was not among the six targeted countries?
COMEY: I think that’s right. Obviously as you ask it I’m wondering whether I’m wrong and so I’ll get you the precise numbers.
HIRONO: Thank you.
COMEY: But I — I think it was refugees about 300 about a third from the six countries. And about two thirds from Iraq. That’s my …
So approximately 200 Iraqi refugees were under investigation by the FBI in May 2017.
So much for the “robust” vetting we had been hearing so much about!
And, was Iraq initially left off the list because the Pentagon objected?