Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations James Comey is not happy with President Donald Trump’s rhetoric regarding the intelligence community. He also claims he’s not worried about the Justice Department investigating the origins and motivations behind the probe into collusion between Trump and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
Comey, who one could argue has never been on good terms with the president, said on Friday that accusations of “spying” and “treason” against the intelligence community are “disgraceful.”
“What impact will loose talk about ‘spying’ and disgraceful talk about ‘treason’ have on FBI agents and analysts?” Comey tweeted on Friday afternoon. Though the former FBI director did not say the president’s name, Trump has used the terms “spying” and “treason” to described investigations into his 2016 presidential campaign.
Comey also said he isn’t worried about investigations into the intelligence community, but he believes the FBI should step up and initiate more investigations and initiatives into stopping Russian interference into the 2020 election.
“Investigate whatever you wish about 2016 but don’t forget the people of the FBI must investigate and stop Russian efforts in the 2020 election,” he tweeted.
Investigate whatever you wish about 2016 but don’t forget the people of the FBI must investigate and stop Russian efforts in the 2020 election. What impact will loose talk about “spying” and disgraceful talk about “treason” have on FBI agents and analysts?
— James Comey (@Comey) May 24, 2019
Comey’s tweet comes only a day after the president lashed out at the intelligence community.
“A number of people. They have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person,” the president told press at the White House on Thursday. He specifically mentioned Comey, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and former FBI agent Peter Strzok.
Page and Strzok were tied to the Mueller investigation, but dismissed after it came to light that they were not only having an extramarital affair, but also exchanging anti-Trump text messages. Strzok even described the investigation into Trump at one point as an “insurance policy” in case he won the presidency.
“That’s treason. They couldn’t win the election, and that’s what happened,” Trump said of investigations into him and alleged spying on his presidential campaign.
The Constitution defines treason as “treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”
Whether Comey and other intelligence community officials are guilty of actual treason, it is clear to many Americans that these investigations into Trump are not benefitting the United States. Even after the Mueller report cleared the president of the collusion with Russia that he was originally accused of, Democrats have continued throwing out subpoenas and playing their rhetoric up for cameras. This has led to an essential standstill between the president and Democrats as Trump recently told the press that he will not work with the other side of the political aisle until they give up on the “phony investigations” into him, his administration and his former presidential campaign.
President Trump also gave Attorney General William Barr — who has officially said the president is not guilty of the obstruction of justice he is being accused of now by Democrats — “full and complete authority” to declassify any and all documents related to the Russia probe. While this should not be a shocking development, Comey’s reaction to the news tells us all we need to know about the intelligence community: their investigations have led nowhere and now that eyes are on them, they are scared.
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