James Comey admitted to “real sloppiness” regarding the FBI’s handling of some portions of the Russia investigation, which prompted President Donald Trump to suggest jail time for the bureau’s former director.
Comey told host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that Inspector General Michael Horowitz was correct to conclude that the FISA process was not handled properly. “He’s right, I was wrong,” Comey said, “I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI and Justice had built over 20 years. I thought they were robust enough. It’s incredibly hard to get a FISA.”
Exclusively on FOX News Sunday: Chris Wallace asks Former FBI Director James Comey if the IG Report vindicates him. Director Comey responds to previous statements he made in 2018 about the Carter Page FISA warrant being handled appropriately: "There was real sloppiness." pic.twitter.com/vPmCV11hRe
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Trump responded to the admission on Twitter, suggesting the former FBI director should serve time behind bars, writing, “So now Comey’s admitting he was wrong. Wow, but he’s only doing so because he got caught red-handed. He was actually caught a long time ago. So what are the consequences for his unlawful conduct. Could it be years in jail? Where are the apologies to me and others, Jim?” the president wrote.
So now Comey’s admitting he was wrong. Wow, but he’s only doing so because he got caught red handed. He was actually caught a long time ago. So what are the consequences for his unlawful conduct. Could it be years in jail? Where are the apologies to me and others, Jim?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2019
On Monday, Comey penned an op-ed in the Washington Post lauding the inspector general’s findings and addressed those who claimed the FBI was out to get Trump, writing in a tweet that linked to the op-ed, “So it was all lies. No treason. No spying on the campaign. No tapping Trump’s wires. It was just good people trying to protect America.”