Fired FBI Director James Comey has been out and about promoting his third work of fiction, Central Park West, a novel the Washington Post described as a “flaccid thriller.” His previous flights of fancy, A Higher Loyalty and Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust, were released in 2018 and 2021, respectively.
Asked to weigh in on the Durham report on MSNBC earlier this week, Comey declared there was “nothing new” in the report and maintained the lie that political bias played no role in the FBI’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
“In complex investigations, there’s always going to be mistakes. It doesn’t mean the FBI isn’t competent, honest, and independent,” Comey said.
He considers calls to defund the FBI from GOP leaders to be “just a continuing series of attacks on the rule of law. They’re taking a flamethrower to the FBI and DOJ, because it’s a threat.”
Astonishingly, this profoundly dishonest man said that Trump “poses a near-existential threat to the rule of law. He will do everything he can in a new term to try to tear down the institutions that he sees as threats and to dismantle them and the people who occupy them, the apolitical people who occupy them. So there is a lot on the ballot in 2024 if he is a candidate, but the rule of law, in my view, is at the top of the list.”
Time has a way of erasing or at least diminishing the gravity of historical events. Let’s take a look at some of Comey’s deeds as director of the country’s premier law enforcement agency. He greenlighted and helped orchestrate the greatest political dirty trick in modern history.
His agents presented British spy Christopher Steele’s “unverified and salacious” dossier to the FISA Court as the basis for a warrant to spy on a U.S. citizen. We learned from Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December 2019 report that, following a January 2017 FBI interview with Igor Danchenko, Steele’s primary subsource, Comey knew the stories were bogus, but pressed on with his treasonous charade anyway. He signed off on two additional warrant applications using the dossier as the “central and essential” part.
The Durham report states that on Aug. 3, 2016, then-President Barack Obama and his national security team were briefed on the Clinton campaign’s plan to use the bogus dossier to deflect from the growing scandal around her use of a private server as secretary of state by then-CIA Director John Brennan. Comey was present at that meeting.
Moreover, a month later, Brennan repeated this information to Comey and then-Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok in a CIA investigative referral.
Nevertheless, Comey signed off on three applications to the FISA Court that hid the fact that the dossier was op-ed research paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC. The FBI also omitted information about Steele’s intense animosity toward Trump as well as exculpatory evidence for junior campaign aides Carter Page and George Papadopoulos.
To top it all off, the FBI used journalist Michael Isikoff’s Sep. 23, 2016 Yahoo News article to corroborate the dossier, knowing all the while that Steele had been Isikoff’s source. These were not mistakes; they were deliberate deceptions.
Additionally, Comey used meetings with the new president as opportunities to set him up for potential crimes. He claimed, for example, that Trump’s request to leave then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn alone constituted obstruction of justice.
And after Comey’s well-deserved firing, then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, angry that Trump had publicized a memo he had written that outlined why the FBI director should be fired, appointed a special counsel to investigate him for colluding with the Russians to win the election and obstruction of justice. Why Rosenstein has managed to escape scrutiny has always baffled me.
It should be noted that both Comey and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page have testified under oath that, in May 2017, the FBI still had no evidence of collusion.
Teaming up with the Clinton campaign, Comey used the agency he led to rig a presidential election. His decision to weaponize a once highly-revered institution against a political candidate (and then president) whom he despised has shattered the public’s trust in the FBI and inflicted irreparable damage on the United States.
Still, despite overwhelming evidence of his corruption – and that of his colleagues – Comey continues to dismiss conclusive evidence of the FBI’s and his own culpability. When the first allegations of Comey’s malfeasance began to surface in 2018, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich humorously compared “Comey’s behavior to a child who throws a baseball at a car and then tries to pin the blame on his cousin.”
The truth is that Comey surrendered his right to say Trump “poses a near-existential threat to the rule of law” a long time ago. And rather than making the rounds to hawk his latest book, this fraud of a man more appropriately belongs in jail.
A real question for the disgraced former FBI director: “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?”
A previous version of this article appeared in The Washington Examiner.
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