Comey admits ‘I was wrong’ on FISA conduct, remains defiant on dossier in tense interview

  
Via:  1stwarrior  •  one month ago  •  18 comments

Comey admits ‘I was wrong’ on FISA conduct, remains defiant on dossier in tense interview

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Former FBI Director James Comey   admitted on "Fox News Sunday" that the recently released Justice Department   Inspector General’s report   on the launch of the FBI’s Russia investigation and their use of the surveillance process showed that he was "overconfident" when he defended his former agency's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

This comes days after Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee detailed concerns that included 17 “significant errors and omissions” by the FBI’s investigative team when applying for a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Horowitz referred “the entire chain of command” to the FBI and DOJ for “how to assess and address their performance failures” during the probe, which was conducted while Comey was in charge.

"He's right, I was wrong," Comey said about how the FBI used the FISA process, adding, "I was overconfident as director in our procedures," and that what happened "was not acceptable."

Horowitz did make it clear that he believes the FBI’s investigation of Russian election interference and possible connections with the Trump campaign was properly initiated, but he did note that this is based on a “low threshold.” He also concluded that there was no testimonial or documentary evidence to show that the investigation started due to any political bias, but said the issue of bias “gets murkier” when it comes to the various issues with the FISA process.

That process included the reliance on information gathered by former British spy Christopher Steele as part of opposition research conducted by Fusion GPS for the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign. Horowitz’s report stated that government attorneys were hesitant to approve a FISA warrant application until they relied on unverified information from Steele. That information also was used in subsequent renewals for the FISA warrant.

Comey downplayed the role of Steele's information in obtaining the FISA warrant against Page, claiming Sunday that it was "not a huge part of the presentation to the court," just part of the information included in the warrant application.

He insisted that he and Horowitz "weren't saying different things" about Steele's significance, but host Chris Wallace then read Horowitz's words, which said Steele's information "played a central and essential role" in establishing probable cause.

Comey said he did not "see the disconnect" between his stance and Horowitz's, even though he recognized that Steele's reporting "was the one that convinced the lawyers" to move forward.

When Wallace accused him of minimizing the relevance of Steele's information, Comey said, "if I was then I'm sorry that I did that."

Another tense exchange occurred when Comey and Wallace accused each other of "mischaracterizing" the problems with Steele's reporting. Comey claimed that the issue "were significant questions about the reliability of some of the sub-source reporting."

Wallace then pointed out that according to Horowitz's report, Steele's Russian sub-source was not the problem. Rather, the sub-source told the FBI that Steele was the one misrepresenting his statements, demonstrating a lack of reliability.

Comey maintained "that doesn't drive the conclusion that Steele's reporting was bunk."

In addition to the issues related to Steele, the FBI was found to have omitted exculpatory information about Page that could have impacted the judge’s decision in granting the FISA warrant. Included in this was an instance where an attorney was found to have altered an email to say that Page had not been a CIA source, when in fact he had been working with them. That information would have justified Page’s contacts with Russia, and its omission ultimately led to the FBI renewing the FISA warrant against Page.

In an April 2018   interview   with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Comey claimed that the FISA process is “incredibly rigorous” and claimed that Republicans’ criticism of the Page FISA warrant was “a political deal” that was not “based in substance or law.”

Following the report’s release, Comey essentially claimed vindication, declaring in the wake of the report that the criticism of the bureau's actions "was all lies.” When asked about vindication at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the inspector general bluntly replied, "I think the activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this FISA."

Comey explained that his claim of vindication was not in reference to the issues identified in Horowtiz's report.

“What I mean is that the FBI was accused of treason, of illegal spying, of tapping Mr. Trump’s wires illegally, of opening an investigation without justification, of being a criminal conspiracy to unseat, defeat and then unseat a president. All of that was nonsense," he said.

On Sunday, Comey claimed that the FBI did not intentionally commit wrongdoing, but described the FBI's failures as "real sloppiness." He said the Horowitz report "did not find misconduct by any FBI people," rather just "mistakes and negligence."

Wallace was quick to remind Comey that attorney Kevin Clinesmith was referred for criminal investigation for the doctored email. Comey said "that's not been resolved." He did say it was "fair" to say that the FBI provided false information to the FISA court.

Comey said that "in general" he was unaware of "the particulars of the investigation" when it was going on, but said that as the person at the head of the FBI at the time, it still falls on him.

"I was responsible for this."


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1stwarrior
1  seeder  1stwarrior    one month ago

Wallace was quick to remind Comey that attorney Kevin Clinesmith was referred for criminal investigation for the doctored email. Comey said "that's not been resolved." He did say it was "fair" to say that the FBI provided false information to the FISA court.

Uuuhhh OOOhhhhh - somebody is finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

What a friggin' liar.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  1stwarrior @1    one month ago

It seems that only Chris Wallace was able to pose real questions to Comey.  Don't worry, the only reason Comey subjected himself to real questions with Wallace was because he knows that most people watch Fox News and it turns out that it was Fox that was right all along about the FBI using the Steele Dossier to get FISA Warrants. Comey tried to convince middle America this morning that the doctored e-mail, FISA abuse and the trampling over the rights of Carter Page were all mistakes. Mistakes that all seemed to damage the President. 

Mistakes? 

Something tells me that Comey failed to convince anyone.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
1.1.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1    one month ago
Something tells me that Comey failed to convince anyone.

Including himself.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.1.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  XDm9mm @1.1.1    one month ago

As Comey, finally, at long last, admitted about Horowitz assertion that the Dossier was used for FISA warrants:

"I was wrong, he was right"

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XDm9mm
1.2  XDm9mm  replied to  1stwarrior @1    one month ago
What a friggin' liar.

You're being very kind.

What's even better is that HE has put people in prison for less than what he's accomplished.  

Payback is a bitch indeed.

 
 
 
Heartland American
1.3  Heartland American  replied to  1stwarrior @1    one month ago

Lock him up! 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.3.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Heartland American @1.3    one month ago

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
1.3.2  Sean Treacy  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.1    one month ago

Nunes comes out of this looking like a hero. 

Schiff a liar.

Media doesn't care and will still push Schiff's leaked lies as the truth.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
1.3.3  seeder  1stwarrior  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.3.2    one month ago

You:ll notice how many of the "left wingers" are addressing this thread.

Guess that must be an "OOOOPPPSSS" that they can't "attack".

This is not just a crack in the wall - a hole has been opened and the flooding is getting ready to start.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.3.4  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sean Treacy @1.3.2    one month ago

Everything in the Nunes Memo has been confirmed by the Horowitz Report. Remember how the media & Schiff once scoffed at the "memo"?

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.3.5  Vic Eldred  replied to  1stwarrior @1.3.3    one month ago
You:ll notice how many of the "left wingers" are addressing this thread.

So noted, not only by us but by the many people who read NT. The truth is coming out and there is a record for all to see.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2  XDm9mm    one month ago
Former FBI Director James Comey admitted on "Fox News Sunday" that the recently released Justice Department Inspector General’s report on the launch of the FBI’s Russia investigation and their use of the surveillance process showed that he was "overconfident" when he defended his former agency's use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

To sum it up in language easier to digest and understand;

'Oh shit.  I got caught.  Yeah I know this was never supposed to come out because Trump was never supposed to win...  we did everything we could to rig the system against him like Clinton did against Bernie, but we failed.'

'Now my only hope is to claim ignorance and throw myself on the mercy of the court when they haul my and others asses before the judges....  and since we've already lied to them and got caught, I don't think they'll take too kindly to our bogus claims of ignorance this time around.'

'Uhmmmm   I wonder who my bunk buddy in prison will be...  I sure as shit hope it's not some big mofo I put away...  anyone seen my tube of KY jelly?'

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  XDm9mm @2    one month ago

After Wallace got through with him, Comey, who was responsible for this mess, was left with nothing but spin.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
3  Sean Treacy    one month ago

That attempt by Comey to spike the ball after the IG report was issued....OOF.

All you need to know about Comey is that he refused to have his security clearance reinstated so he could look at classified documents and have his memory refreshed during his interview with the IG.  

He knew he could claim  he "forgot"  events  if he refused to look at evidence of what he did, so he refused to look.  

He's such a fraud.

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3.1  XDm9mm  replied to  Sean Treacy @3    one month ago

Actually, I don't believe his clearance was revoked.  Brennan, yeah he lost his.  But I believe he was the only one (at least thus far) that suffered that.  

He knew he could claim  he "forgot"  events  if he refused to look at evidence of what he did, so he refused to look.

That's what someone else used for her answers.  "I don't recall."   It's the lawyers go to line when they KNOW an honest answer will screw them worse than a corkscrew in a wine bottle cork.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
3.1.1  Sean Treacy  replied to  XDm9mm @3.1    one month ago

Not sure if it was formally revoked, but I assume he needed it reinstated since he's no longer an active employee.  Per Barr, Comey and a number of other FBI agents used that dodge when dealing with the IG.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/barr-comey-refusal-to-reinstate-security-clearance-a-problem-in-fisa-investigation

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
4  Vic Eldred    one month ago

Today retiring congressman Will Hurd told Jake "the jerk" Tapper that "media was lied to" by FBI about FISA abuse and Steele dossier. Tapper says he agrees "100%" & that there should be "bipartisan outrage" over this! (CNN has done nothing to date to correct its false reporting on dossier). Notice the biased banner 



 
 
 
1stwarrior
5  seeder  1stwarrior    one month ago

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