Former FBI Director James Comey has come out with a new op-ed where he looked to defend his own name and the reputation of his former bureau.
In an op-ed with the Washington Post, Comey said President Trump was a “lair who doesn’t care what damage he does to vital institutions.”
“We must call out his lies that the FBI was corrupt and committed treason, that we spied on the Trump campaign and tried to defeat Donald Trump. We must constantly return to the stubborn facts,” Comey continued.
The former FBI Director dismissed Trump’s claims that members of the FBI acted rogue in an attempt to stop his presidency.
“There was no corruption. There was no treason. There was no attempted coup. Those are lies, and dumb lies at that. There were just good people trying to figure out what was true, under unprecedented circumstances,” he concludes in his op-ed.
As CNS News reports, the op-ed seems to be in response to President Trump repeating claims that the FBI acted against him during his presidential campaign and immediately following his win.
CNS News reports:
During a White House press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump cited actions taken by (now former) FBI officials to undermine his 2016 campaign and first year as president, stressing that they concocted an “insurance policy” to get him “out of office” and “that’s treason.”
After discussing a $16 billion aid package to U.S. farmers at the White House, President Trump answered questions from reporters. Citing one of the president’s tweets that mentions “treason,” NBC News reporter Peter Alexander asked, “Sir, the Constitution says treason is punishable by death. You’ve accused your adversaries of treason. Who specifically are you accusing of treason?”
Trump responded: “Well I think a number of people, and I think what you look at is that they have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person. If you look at [James] Comey, if you look at [Andrew] McCabe, if you look at probably people higher than that. If you look at [Peter] Strzok, if you look at his lover Lisa Page, his wonderful lover.”
“The two lovers, they talked openly,” the president continued. “You know they didn’t use their private server because they didn’t want to get caught, so they used the government server. That was not a good move.”
“He [Strzok] talked about the ‘insurance policy’ just in case Crooked Hillary loses, and that didn’t work out too well for them,” Trump said, clearly referencing now-public text messages between Strzok and Page.
“So, look at them,” he added. “They wanted an insurance policy so that should she [Clinton] for any reason lose — remember 100 million to 1 [victory], maybe he said 100 million to nothing — but should she lose, we’ll have an ‘insurance policy,’ and we’ll get this guy out of office.”
“That’s what they said and that’s what they meant,” Trump claimed. “That’s treason. That’s treason. They couldn’t win the election and that’s what happened.”
CNS News adds:
U.S. Attorney General William Barr has assigned U.S. Attorney John H. Durham of Connecticut to investigate the origins of the Russia collusion story and actions taken by FBI and DOJ officials in 2016-17.
In addition, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon release a report on former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May 2017. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended that Comey be fired, resigned on May 10, 2019.