Former FBI Director James Comey is back and is criticizing Republicans in a big way for opening a limited scope FBI investigation. The investigation was initially called for by Democrats, echoed by Republican Senator Jeff Flake, and later called for by President Trump.
The investigation, which began Saturday, is operating under a limited scope, with a limited list of witnesses, and will extend no more than a week — something the former director has a problem with.
As Politico reports, Comey said the restrictions on the bureau amount to a political “shot clock.”
“If truth were the only goal, there would be no clock, and the investigation wouldn’t have been sought after the Senate Judiciary Committee already endorsed the nominee,” Politico reports he said.
“Instead, it seems that the Republican goal is to be able to say there was an investigation and it didn’t change their view, while the Democrats hope for incriminating evidence to derail the nominee,” the Comey continued. “Although the process is deeply flawed, and apparently designed to thwart the fact-gathering process, the F.B.I. is up for this. It’s not as hard as Republicans hope it will be.”
Comey, in his op-ed, argued that although the alleged assault occurred 36 years ago, “FBI agents know time has very little to do with memory,” casting doubt onto Kavanaugh’s testimony.
“They know every married person remembers the weather on their wedding day, no matter how long ago,” the former FBI director wrote. “Significance drives memory.They also know that little lies point to bigger lies. They know that obvious lies by the nominee about the meaning of words in a yearbook are a flashing signal to dig deeper.”
In addition, Comey said that witnesses will know “the consequences” once they are interviewed by the FBI.
“It is one thing to have your lawyer submit a statement on your behalf. It is a very different thing to sit across from two F.B.I. special agents and answer their relentless questions,” he wrote. “Of course, the bureau won’t have subpoena power, only the ability to knock on doors and ask questions. But most people will speak to them. Refusal to do so is its own kind of statement.”
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Comey is not well liked, frankly, by anybody.
While there are plenty of reasons for people on both sides of the aisle to criticize Comey, liberals mostly blame him for his mishandling of the Clinton email investigation and re-opening the investigation ahead of the November 2016 election. Conservatives do not like his exchanges with President Trump and how vehemently anti-Trump he and many of his FBI insiders are/were.
After being fired by President Trump, Comey has mostly stayed off the radar. He tweeted some and rumors circulated about him potentially gearing up for a presidential bid, but recent radio silence from the former director ended the rumors.
Here’s what people said about his most recent chime:
your done comey shuuuut upp!
— kelby randolph (@Az99tm) September 30, 2018
Don’t worry Comey. FBI will use all the time they need to investigate you
— Ron Mesmer (@RonMesmer) September 30, 2018
They had 6 investigations already dude. You think they’ll find something from the 80s when key eyewitnesses said nothing ever happened? Give me a break
— Michael Kelly (@Mike_Kelly28) September 30, 2018
If your opinion mattered you’d still have a job. pic.twitter.com/E7O2VxWVaM
— Pam Klim (@US2R4WVU) October 1, 2018
Don’t think Mr. Comey is relevant any more….as much as he still thinks he is. Go away quietly..it’s a better look.
— Kyle Robinson (@travelpro88) September 30, 2018
Wasn’t there already 6 FBI investigations?
— S.sha🇺🇸 (@ldyollie03) September 30, 2018
Maybe the FBI needed a deadline on the Russia probe since what have we come up with 😴😴⏲⏲
— Kim Colburn (@KimMcolburn) October 1, 2018
— Jean Anne (@JeanWeb55632322) September 30, 2018
This is a legit question. We’re any of those 6 BK background checks done during Comey and Clapper time? If yes, why didn’t their agent caught all these accusation during background check? We’re they incompetent FBI then or all these accusation just mere political ploy?
— CeceeG (@cecee_11) October 1, 2018
Since you left, the FBI is more sufficient.
— Patricia Bartley (@pbartley007) October 1, 2018
So on planet earth…. who would listen to Comey? Wasn’t he fired?
— Royanne Nolan (@RoyanneN) October 1, 2018