Former FBI Director James Comey will not be remembered kindly by history according to a Fox News panel of experts.
The group of defense attorneys and former federal prosecutors spoke with Fox News legal and political analyst Gregg Jarrett spoke about the fired FBI chief’s legacy in the fiery wake of the report from the Justice Department Inspector General.
(Video: Fox News)
Jarrett referred to an op-ed by Michael Goodwin, a columnist for The New York Post on Fox Nation on Tuesday.
“J. Edgar Hoover can finally rest in peace. James Comey is now revealed to be the dirtiest cop ever to run the FBI,” Goodwin wrote in the piece cited by Jarrett.
“I think that that’s probably accurate,” defense attorney Tim Parlatore agreed, saying Comey “violated all sorts of procedures.”
“You don’t make mistakes when you’re doing an investigation of this magnitude,” Parlatore, who represented retired Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, said referring to the 17 errors noted in Michael Horowitz’s report which the FBI committed in applying for warrants to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
“We’re not talking about a single person made a mistake. A whole team. A whole team,” he added. “They set it up so that there’d be redundancy. So there’d be supervision and supervision from the top. And so the ability to bypass all those safeguards to make mistakes is just not credible.”
Attorney General William Barr noted in a statement that the IG report revealed “a clear abuse of the FISA process” as well as “misconduct” and “malfeasance.”
Jarrett called out Comey’s “victory lap” in an appearance on CNN and an opinion piece for the Washington Post bashing Barr as someone who “owes the institution he leads, and the American people, an acknowledgment of the truth.”
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. https://t.co/9nurCaIBq2
— James Comey (@Comey) December 9, 2019
“If you want to try and explain all of these things away as just mistakes and not evidence of bias — is James Comey admitting that they do this all the time to other cases that are not politically involved and that they make this level of mistakes and intentional misstatements?” Parlatore wondered on Tuesday.
Horowitz’s report concluded that the bureau made “at least 17 significant errors or omissions” in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants that were made from October 2016 to the summer of 2017. Comey called those errors “unfortunate.”
“Human beings make mistakes,” Comey wrote.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that this was a systematic, planned effort to do what they had to do to get Donald Trump,” attorney and former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova told the Fox News panel.
“They started out by getting Michael Flynn. He was the guy they were going to use to be the shoehorn. And of course, they expected him to cooperate, perhaps make things up,” he added. “The truth is this investigation from its inception was not only ill-conceived, it was illegally conceived.”
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