Former FBI director James Comey appears to be resting easy after the release of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ probe into the beginnings of the controversial Russia probe.
As reported by The Daily Mail, Comey’s celebratory reaction was posted to The Washington Posts’ webpage less than two and a half hours after the DOJ released the report, causing the British publication to point out: “It’s unclear whether he wrote it beforehand or afterward.”
Taking to Twitter, Comey posted a link to his piece in the Washington Post, proudly proclaiming: “So it was all lies. No treason. No spying on the campaign. No tapping Trumps wires. It was just good people trying to protect America.”
The fired former FBI chief and president Trump’s opponents rallied around the report’s conclusion that political bias did not underpin the origins of the 2016 investigation that surveilled then-candidate Trump’s campaign alleged ties to Russia. However, commentator Piers Morgan has cautioned Comey: “unless you’re absolutely 100% certain you’ve won something, it’s best not to hold a victory lap.”
After all, the report’s findings were not without harsh criticisms of the FBI’s tactics, particularly concerning the agency’s FISA warrant applications in connection to Carter Paige, a former Trump adviser. It is for this reason that Comey should be “shame-faced and apologetic” rather than celebratory and self-assured, according to Morgan.
Referencing Horowitz’ findings Morgan, writes: “His report cited a staggering 17 ‘significant inaccuracies and omissions’ in the four applications, which were made due to the FBI’s flawed belief that Page had been ‘collaborating and conspiring’ with the Russian government.”
In response to this, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham boldly advised Page to “sue the hell out of the United States.
“Human beings make mistakes,” Comey wrote in reference to Horowitz’ findings of “inaccuracies and omissions.” The former FBI director also dedicated part of his op-ed to chastising what he perceives as the attorney general’s lack of professionalism, accusing William Barr of acting more like a “spokesman” for Trump rather than the leader of head of the DOJ.
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff.