Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey’s cocky, arrogant and obnoxious sanctimony in the face of a “damning” report from the Department of Justice has earned him caustic censure from all sides of the political news aisle, from Fox News all the way to even CNN and MSNBC.
First up is Fox News’ usually unopinionated chief political news anchor, Bret Baier.
“James Comey is essentially crowing about avoiding an indictment from the Department of Justice, which is a little rich, if you think about it,” he said following the release of a report by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz late Thursday morning.
While it’s true Attorney General Bill Barr has opted not to prosecute Comey over the IG’s findings (at least for now …), that doesn’t nullify the findings themselves, which are that the disgraced former director “violated Department or FBI policy” by sharing his memos with the media, set a “dangerous example” for his colleagues and sought to “achieve a personally desired outcome.”
And the former director did all this despite always “kind of portraying himself as this man of the law who follows the rules and who is this pillar of fortitude,” Baier pointed out.
Source: Fox News
But if you think only the folks at Fox News were willing to bash Comey, you’re dead wrong.
“The report itself is still very damning for the former FBI director,” CNN political correspondent Sara Murray bluntly opined late Thursday morning.
She then went on to accurately describe the contents of the report.
“It goes on to say that James Comey violated FBI policies in the way he handled, retained and disseminated these memos,” she said. “It’s as if Comey set a dangerous example for other members of the FBI. And it points out that he even had these conversations with President Trump about how important it is to keep investigatory details secret, to not share information with the press, and then essentially says he was a hypocrite for turning around and doing the same thing himself.”
“It also includes a couple of select quotes from interviews they did with Comey’s advisers where Comey’s advisers were telling the IG that they were stunned, they were shocked, it was a disappointment to see this is how Comey had acted.”
Fact-check: ALL TRUE.
Even MSNBC, the same far-left network that routinely shares hyperbole, lies and conspiracy theories about the president, was forced to admit that Comey is and has always been a “grandstanding narcissist” (not their words).
“We do still see James Comey’s brand shining through, which is often different from the FBI brand — people who want to be withdrawn behind the curtain doing their work,” an MSNBC reporter readily admitted after the IG report dropped.
“And a big part of this report says that Comey’s intentions were not to save his country or the FBI but actually to preserve his own public image.”
IG Report Found Comey Focused On “His Own Public Image” Instead Of “His Country Or The FBI” pic.twitter.com/3yTxPOqXDQ
— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) August 29, 2019
Yet according to the “grandstanding narcissist” himself, he did nothing wrong. And oh, he deserves an apology from everybody who ever called him out. It’s unclear whether that includes the IG as well …
“DOJ IG ‘found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media,'” he tweeted minutes after the report dropped. “I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a ‘sorry we lied about you’ would be nice.”
“And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me ‘going to jail’ or being a ‘liar and a leaker’—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.”
The arrogance was stunning. For one, while the IG was unable to establish that Comey had leaked any classified information, that doesn’t negate the fact that he did leak something.
Moreover, the fact that he’s not “going to jail” at the moment doesn’t mean anything, given as his actions are still been scrutinized in two other investigations — one by Horowitz in regard to potential FISA abuse, and another by U.S. Attorney John Durham in regard to the Russia probe.
Of course, the most critical slams of the disgraced former FBI director came not from the media but rather from Republicans like outspoken Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy.
“I believed for a long time and this report confirms it, Mr. Comey is a meathead. He is a political hack. He hurt the FBI badly,” the senator bluntly said to Fox News’ host Sandra Smith.
To be fair, the term “meathead” implies Comey has muscle, and well …
“The FBI should not be a political body,” he continued. “And Mr. Comey acted like a political operative while he was FBI director and every day since. I think [current director] Chris Wray has a lot of work to do to regain the American — the confidence of the American people for the FBI.”
“I believe before this report came out, he just cheapened the premier law enforcement agency in all of human history. He ought to hide his head in a bag.”
Sadly for Sen. Kennedy and anyone else who believes that Comey tarnished the FBI’s reputation, the former director enjoys the limelight too much to ever put his head in a bag.
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