“Were you joking when you said you think Durham will be investigated?” a clearly surprised Cooper asked. “Essentially that’s the kind of thing that happened in the Soviet Union of, you know, they investigate the investigators, then investigate the people who investigated the investigators.”

“I wish I was joking,” Comey responded. “But who would imagine a circumstance like this, where an inspector general, an independent force that’s been very tough on me, spends two years gathering facts and the attorney general brushes it off his shoulder and commissions a personal investigation to investigate again. I don’t think it’s a joke to think, ‘Well, if that guy doesn’t come up with what they need, they’ll find another way.’”