After the release of the IG Report, former FBI James Comey claimed vindication, tweeting “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.”
In a new Op-Ed for DailyMail, Piers Morgan eviscerates the former FBI director for what he calls a premature and inaccurate claim.
Piers Morgan writes:
PIERS MORGAN: Cocky Comey should cool his celebratory jets – because he HAS been found guilty of presiding over a disgraceful FBI stitch-up of Trump and the reckoning is only just beginning
Within hours of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s long-awaited report into the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia collusion investigation, Comey had an op-ed published in today’s Washington Post.
In it, he boasts proudly of his complete and utter vindication of any wrongdoing.
‘So it was all lies,’ he tweeted, alongside a link to his self-proclaimed exoneration. ‘No treason. No spying on the campaign. No tapping Trumps wires. It was just people trying to protect America.’
Ah yes, of course.
Mr Comey’s never been shy in wrapping himself in a Superman cloak – the fearless super-powered good guy standing up to all the baddies like President Trump.
Yet rather like the Satri goalkeeper, it didn’t take long for Comey’s vainglorious victory lap to rebound rather badly in his prematurely smug face.
Because whilst it’s entirely true that IG Horowitz concluded the FBI investigation had been launched properly, and that he found no evidence of political bias behind the decisions to probe various Trump 2016 election campaign associates including Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort, what he also uncovered should have rendered Comey shame-faced and apologetic – not ecstatically spraying champagne.
Horowitz harshly criticized FBI leaders and employees for their unscrupulous conduct while handling four applications for surveillance into Page – a one-time policy adviser to Trump – under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
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.
At the center of Horowitz’s criticism is British spy Christopher Steele, whose woefully inaccurate dodgy dossier was the catalyst for the whole Russia collusion investigation.
Despite Comey himself admitting the dossier was ‘salacious and unverified’, it played a ‘central and essential role’ in the FBI’s decision to go after Page.
Yet Horowitz found the bureau failed to inform the Justice Department of ‘significant information that was available’ that ‘was inconsistent with, or undercut,’ claims in the FISA application that Page was ‘an agent of a foreign power’.
It also failed to disclose that Page had served as a CIA source and been positively assessed by the agency, a stunning material fact that on its own may have prevented any application being granted.
Further, the FBI didn’t heed warnings that Steele was politically biased and took him at his word when he lied to them about leaking stories to news organisations.
Perhaps most damningly, an FBI lawyer altered an email he’d received stating Page had been a CIA source, actually changing it to read ‘not a source’. That email was then used to help renew a FISA warrant on Page.
IG Horowitz was clear in his report who he blamed for all this: James Comey.
Read more here.
Former FBI Director James Comey said this week that your report vindicates him. Is that a fair assessment of your report?
I think the activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this FISA