“Sure, I’m responsible, that’s why I’m telling you, I was wrong,” former FBI boss James Comey told Chris Wallace of Fox News on Sunday. “I was overconfident as the director in our procedures. And it’s important that a leader be accountable and transparent.” Wallace wondered if Comey had played down the use of the Steele dossier.
“If I was then I’m sorry that I did that,” Comey said, citing “significant questions about the reliability of some of the sub-source reporting.” Even so, the FBI committed no wrongdoing only “real sloppiness.” DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz “did not find misconduct by any FBI people,” only “mistakes and negligence.” All this from the man who branded FBI spying on Trump as “nonsense,” a claim he repeated in the interview.
“Comey is about two years too late,” former Rep. Trey Gowdy told Maria Bartiromo of Fox News. “We could have used him as head of the FBI helping Republicans figure out what was happening with FISA instead of thwarting us and obstructing us.” President Trump was also quick to respond.
“So now Comey’s admitting he was wrong,” Trump tweeted. “Wow, but he’s only doing so because he got caught red-handed. He was actually caught a long time ago.” And as the president wondered, “So what are the consequences for his unlawful conduct. Could it be years in jail?” And “Where are the apologies to me and others, Jim?” At this writing no apology has appeared, and Trump is right that Comey’s unlawful conduct goes back some distance.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was laundering bribes through the Clinton Foundation and keeping classified information on an unsecured server. Comey’s FBI changed “gross negligence” to “extremely careless,” and in July of 2016 Comey said “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges against the former First Lady who destroyed more than 30,000 emails under subpoena.
It was perhaps the worst political fix in American history, and not surprising given Comey’s history with the Clintons. As Christopher Andersen explained in the 2004 American Evita: Hillary Clinton’s Path to Power, U.S. Attorney James Comey aided the Clintons in the New Square and Marc Rich cases, both involving presidential pardons.
POTUS 44 picked Comey for FBI boss in 2013, as the president geared up to have Hillary succeed him. No surprise that Comey, who had never been a rank-and-file FBI man, would deploy Strzok, Page, McCabe, Ohr and others to rig the proceedings in Clinton’s favor. As the IG report noted, an FBI lawyer altered an email from Carter Page, part of the “misconduct” that procured a FISA warrant against him.
President Trump had good reason to fire Comey and he also wonders about current FBI boss Christopher Wray. After the revelations of the IG report, Wray wrote a letter to IG Michael Horowitz accepting the report’s findings and embracing the need for “thoughtful, meaningful remedial action.” On the other hand, Wray told reporters he had no evidence that the FBI targeted the Trump campaign, and Wray would not use the term “spying” for what went down.
“I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me,” Trump tweeted. “With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!” Wray was never one of those rank-and-file FBI agents, and his back story is also of interest.
The Yale grad and Yale law alum started as assistant U.S. Attorney in Georgia. In 2003 he drew the attention of fellow Yalie George W. Bush, who nominated Wray as assistant attorney general in charge of the DOJ’s criminal division. While Wray was assistant attorney general from 2003 to 2005, James Comey was the deputy attorney general and Robert Mueller served director of the FBI.
After Trump fired Comey in May of 2017, Wray told Sen. Lindsey Graham, “I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt.” Wray declined to explain how he would have handled the Clinton case, and said he had “no reason” to doubt the intelligence that says the Russian government ordered an effort to influence the 2016 election to harm Clinton and help Trump.
The new FBI boss was on board with Midyear Exam and Crossfire Hurricane, a Deep State trooper from the start. When Trump pressured Wray to fire Andrew McCabe, Wray threatened to resign but did not do so.
James “Who’s Sorry Now?” Comey functioned as a security guard for the Clinton coup clan. Christopher Wray provides his backup vocal, giving President Trump more evidence that Wray will never be able to fix the FBI.
For that job, the president should seek a graduate of the FBI Academy with proven experience convicting actual foreign spies and domestic traitors. This director should not regard the FBI as a separate branch of government, in the style of Comey, Wray, and leading Democrats.
“It’s the wrong people in the wrong positions of power,” former prosecutor Trey Gowdy explains. “That’s not gonna be fixed with a new policy or procedure. It‘s gonna be fixed by replacing the people who did what they did in 2016.”
If not a single one does prison time, the Deep State wins and the people lose. As President Trump likes to say, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.