“I’m very worried,” Hutchison told host Candy Crowley. “I want to know a whole lot more about what these first emails really were and did it really trigger an FBI investigation of the CIA director and a low level and it wasn’t raised to a higher level? If anybody is investigating the director of the CIA, the President of the United States should know immediately, and I feel like, a, we don’t know enough, and, b, I have great concerns about a lot of this.”
Frank then shot back: “Are you suggesting there was some cover-up, that the FBI are playing games? I think we ought to be explicit about this. I’m troubled by the implication of your statement and are you suggesting that something wasn’t legitimate here? Because that would trouble me.”
A little later on, the exchange got a bit tense:
HUTCHISON: I’m suggesting that I have great concerns about the legitimacy of –
FRANK: Excuse me, “great concerns” is kind of a weasel word –
HUTCHISON: It appears the President didn’t know until two months later?
FRANK: It seems to me frankly you’re kind of hinting at something bad, and I don’t see what that could be.
HUTCHISON: I’m hinting at something out of control and not with the proper authority.
FRANK: Do you distrust the FBI? Is [FBI Director Robert] Mueller lying? Who are you accusing of not having done the right thing?
HUTCHISON: I’ve always had great respect for him and great respect for General Petraeus.
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