In hindsight, given Rudy Giuliani’s take on events, imagine what may have occurred had President Donald Trump not had the wherewithal to fire disgraced former FBI director James Comey.
On the heels of the long-awaited Department of Justice inspector general’s report, the former prosecutor, now a member of Trump’s legal team, said in a radio interview on Sunday morning that Comey was trying to “frame” the president.
“In a case involving the President of the United States, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that what Comey was trying to do was to frame Trump,” Giuliani said.
He went on to tell radio host John Catsimatidis, “Law enforcement officers that frame people … they’re horrid.”
The report released last week concluded that Comey violated his agency’s policies and employment agreement in his handling of memos documenting private conversations with the president, based on his “own, personal conception of what was necessary.”
As the report pointed out, Comey leaked the information to Columbia University law professor Daniel Richman, who forwarded it to The New York Times.
Oddly, Comey celebrated the finding because there was no evidence that he leaked any classified information to members of the media.
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.” 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.
— James Comey (@Comey) August 29, 2019
Comey’s motivation was the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Trump — he told the inspector general he had to leak the memo because it concerned a matter of “incredible importance to the Nation, as a whole,” according to the report.
In effect, as Giuliani said in the interview, Comey “orchestrated” the investigation by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
“He orchestrated the whole thing,” Giuliani said. “If you look back on it now, there was never any need for Mueller.”
The inspector general’s report included details on a Jan. 6, 2017, briefing with Trump by Comey, former CIA director John Brennan, former NSA Director Mike Rogers, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
It was a meeting where Comey planned “to spring a scandalous allegation on President-elect Trump [and] quickly record his reaction,” the Washington Examiner reported — this is in reference to the salacious, unverified Steele dossier about Russian hookers.
The meeting was billed as a “defensive briefing” on Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, but Comey was out to get “information of value” from Trump, in what the paper described as an “ambush.”
Echoing Giuliani’s claim that Comey was trying to frame the president of the United States, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., took to Twitter to say, “It was never a defensive briefing — it was a setup.”
On Saturday, Giuliani took to Twitter to blast Comey for his disgraceful legacy, saying in one tweet that he “tried to frame” Trump.
“IG report found Comey leaked and lied (was less than candid) as FBI Director. We all know he fixed the Hillary massive email, phone and server destruction case and tried to frame @realDonaldTrump. What a legacy! Oh, he prosecuted Martha Stewart for lying,” he tweeted.
IG report found Comey leaked and lied (was less than candid) as FBI Director. We all know he fixed the Hillary massive email, phone and server destruction case and tried to frame @realDonaldTrump. What a legacy! Oh, he prosecuted Martha Stewart for lying.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) August 30, 2019
In a follow up tweet, Giuliani suggested that “the Mueller investigation was an attempt to remove the President of the US based on a contrived, false charge.”
He also insisted that “prosecutions will happen.”
“IG report on Comey shows that the Mueller investigation was an attempt to remove the President of the US based on a contrived, false charge? With what I know about Ukraine and elsewhere, I am sure that this happened and went higher and lower than Comey. Prosecutions will happen,” he said.
IG report on Comey shows that the Mueller investigation was an attempt to remove the President of the US based on a contrived, false charge? With what I know about Ukraine and elsewhere, I am sure that this happened and went higher and lower than Comey. Prosecutions will happen.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) August 30, 2019
Attorney General William Barr opted not to prosecute Comey on the early finding of the IG report, but Fox News chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge said that was not “the major report” everyone has been waiting for.
The findings on the FISA warrants allowed for the surveilling of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and haven’t been released, which is prompting speculation that Barr may be waiting on the “real” crimes before charging Comey.
Catherine Herridge: IG report just the warm-up for what’s coming https://t.co/J35pc73BJM
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 30, 2019
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