Former FBI Director James Comey defended the reputation of the bureau after relentless attacks from President Trump and other critics on conservative cable news.
“Remember how we got here,” Comey said on Fox News Sunday. “The FBI was accused of criminal misconduct. Remember, I was going to jail, and lots of other people were going to jail. People on this network said it over and over and over again.
“But the American people, especially your viewers, need to realize they were given false information about the FBI,” Comey continued.
Comey was asked about the findings of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report. The report outlined more than a dozen instances of mistakes, or key omissions top FBI and DOJ officials made as they applied for a federal warrant to conduct surveillance on four individuals associated Trump’s 2016 campaign for president.
Trump has blasted Comey, whom he has called a “leaker” and a “liar” who was working to undermine his campaign. For months, some pro-Trump cable news pundits have suggested Comey and others should face criminal prosecution for opening an illegitimate investigation.
Attorney General William Barr has appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to conduct his own investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation to determine whether any laws were broken as part of the FISA warrant application process.
Horowitz found there was no political bias against Trump at the FBI, a fact Comey previously insinuated vindicates him and other FBI officials.
“The FBI is honest; it is not political,” Comey said. “It is flawed.”
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