It appears as though James Comey’s initial celebration has been cut short. Following release of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’ probe into the beginnings of the controversial Russia probe has been cut short, the former FBI director proceeded as though all of the controversies surrounding his tenure as head of the bureau were simply a thing of the past.
After its findings were made pubic on Monday, the former head of the FBI aired his thoughts on his Twitter page:
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. https://t.co/9nurCaIBq2
— James Comey (@Comey) December 9, 2019
However, during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the inspector general strongly indicated that the matter may not be as simple as Comey would like the public to believe, as detailed a report on CNBC. Following a line of questioning from Chairman Lindsey Graham regarding Comey’s remarks, Horowitz responded simply: “The activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody.”
Graham made it clear during the hearing that he intends to hold the FBI, and those who allegedly abused their intelligence powers pursuant to the Russia investigation, accountable. “My goal,” Graham proclaimed “is to make sure when this is over… you look at this as more than a few irregularities. What happened here is the system failed. People at the highest level of our government took the law into their own hands.”
The definitive ramifications of Horowitz’ report are still rather elusive. During the hearing, he reiterated that neither “documentary or testimonial evidence” was uncovered that proved political bias to be the driving force behind the the Trump-Russia probe.
It also must be remembered that unlike the to-be-released findings of U.S. attorney John Durham’s investigation, Horowitz’ undertaking was not the same sort of criminal inquiry, nor was it as wide ranging in its scope.
Who knows–By the time Durham’s findings are made public, very few people may even remember the name ‘Horowitz.’
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff.