Former Deputy AG Unaware of Firing List

A former deputy attorney general says he was unaware the Justice Department was developing a list of U.S. attorneys to fire.

James Comey told the Seattle Times that he remembers only two brief conversations about weak U.S. attorneys.

“I answered twice off the top of my head,” Comey said. “During both conversations, my understanding was we were doing what any team manager does from time to time, which was to try to figure out who your weakest players are.”

Comey, now general counsel at Lockheed Martin, also told the newspaper he is puzzled by suggestions that U.S. attorney John McKay of Western Washington was fired for insubordination.

Comey will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

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