• Comey Tries to Explain Things … and Remains in The Crossfire Anyway

    Surge Summary: Former FBI Director James Comey sort of took some responsibility for numerous Bureau violations identified by Inspector General Horowitz. At the same time, he downplayed the significance of the infamous Steele Dossier and its role in justifying a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign. Many continue to find Comey’s trustworthiness lacking.

    by Gary Bauer

    After watching disgraced former FBI Director James Comey on Fox News Sunday, the thought occurred to me that President Trump should rehire Comey just so he can fire him again!

    I’ll give him this much, he’s a master of deceit and obfuscation.  His manipulation of words is second to none.  Chris Wallace must have felt like he was trying to nail Jell-O to a wall.

    He began by questioning Comey on the abuse of the FISA warrant system.  In a previous statement, Comey said he had “total confidence” that all procedures were properly followed.  But, as we know, Inspector General Horowitz found 17 significant violations.

    Comey flippantly responded, “He’s right, I was wrong. . .  There was real sloppiness.”

    When it comes to spying on American citizens and presidential candidates, “sloppiness” isn’t acceptable.

    In fact, Inspector General Horowitz said that the explanations he received for this “sloppiness” did not explain or excuse such serious errors.  That all 17 errors were to the detriment of Donald Trump strongly suggests political bias.

    Wallace noted that Horowitz suggested the only rational explanations for the “sloppiness” were gross incompetence or intentionality, meaning bias.  Wallace asked the former director if he were still at the FBI if he would have resigned based on the findings of the Horowitz report.

    Comey was defiant, saying, “There are mistakes I consider more consequential than this during my tenure.”  Really?  I think we need to know more about those “mistakes.”

    Wallace pressed Comey for downplaying the significance of the Steele dossier during an interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier.  Comey said that the dossier was just one part of a “broader mosaic of facts” presented to the FISA court.

    That was a lie.  Horowitz determined that the Steele dossier was “central and essential” to the court granting the warrant to spy on Carter Page.  Comey deflected, saying he didn’t think he and Horowitz were saying different things, but added, “I could be wrong about that.”

    You think?!

    At one point during the contentious interview, Comey and Wallace even got into a dispute as to whether the Steele dossier was valid or discredited.  Comey himself had previously described the dossier as “salacious and unverified.”

    But yesterday Comey attempted to argue that Horowitz “didn’t conclude the reporting from Steele was bunk,” only that he found “significant questions about the reliability” of Steele’s sources.  To most rational observers, that would tend to call into question the entire dossier.

    As Wallace continued to push Comey for answers, the former FBI director claimed ignorance, at one point, saying that he “didn’t know the particulars of the investigation.”  Wallace was shocked, as I’m sure most Americans watching at home were.  He shot back, saying:

    “But this isn’t some investigation, sir. This is an investigation of the campaign of the man who is the president of the United States. You had just been through a firestorm investigating Hillary Clinton. I would think, if I were in your position, I would have been on that . . . like a junkyard dog.”

    Comey again deflected responsibility, suggesting that the investigation wasn’t such a big deal, that it was run by people “seven layers below” him.  Nobody believes that or much else of what James Comey has to say.

    HT/ Originally posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.


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