“What Comey did, commenting on an investigation, was totally improper,” said Nick Akerman, a partner at the law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP and a former federal prosecutor. “There is no need to have an inspector general investigation to justify the president firing him.” [Bloomberg]
WHEN YOU have Rep. Jason Chaffetz supporting the Inspector General’s review of how the DOJ and FBI could have f*cked up so badly on the Clinton investigation. We’re in new territory from where we were during the 2016 election.
— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) January 12, 2017
FBI Director James Comey responded
I am grateful to the Department of Justice’s IG for taking on this review. He is professional and independent and the FBI will cooperate fully with him and his office. I hope very much he is able to share his conclusions and observations with the public because everyone will benefit from thoughtful evaluation and transparency regarding this matter.
The Director was either incompetent or maliciously cunning when he inserted himself in the 2016 election cycle and he’s cratered his reputation among many of his peers. What he deserves is a formal reprimand.
I can’t wait to find out who leaked Comey’s congressional letter to Rudy.
President Obama should have fired Comey, but then he should have been more aggressive on the information of the Russian hack in the first place… But he wasn’t because, in my analysis, POTUS was so sure Secretary Hillary Clinton would win he didn’t want to risk a backlash that might hurt her. All you have to do is listen to Obama’s answers now to questions about how he felt after Clinton lost. His reaction was very simple. He was “surprised.” The look in his eyes says everything else.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is trusted by everyone on Capitol Hill, according to numerous reports. Regardless of outcome, there is no mechanism through which he can exact punishment for Comey’s actions.
There were many reasons why Mrs. Clinton lost in November.
This is about rogue actions of an arrogant F.B.I. Director who said he could not to reveal information about a possible Trump investigation over Russia connections. However, when it was an investigation into Hillary Clinton, Mr. Comey went against long-standing F.B.I. protocol, including sending a letter sent to Congress about the ongoing investigation, less than 2 weeks before the presidential election.
Somebody should start taking odds on who will kneecap the Inspector General. Will it be President Trump or Attorney General Sessions?
Director Comey refused to answer my question about whether the FBI has investigated Trump campaign contacts with Russia
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) January 10, 2017