It pains us to ask this question. We shouldn’t have to ask such a question of a former FBI director. To have to ask it reflects that something, somewhere, failed catastrophically in our system. And though such a failure is by no means shocking and even to be expected (sadly), government is not a playground, it is as tough and gritty as anyplace, it is disappointing. There are many people in government, and we say this as a libertarian publication, who are fine people. There are even people who take their oath to the Constitution seriously.
(From Investors Business Daily)
When President Trump accused former FBI director James Comey of lying under oath in a tweet on Saturday, defenders rushed to Comey’s aid. But Comey has been saying a lot of things that are decidedly fact challenged.
Trump’s tweet was sparked by a statement made by Comey’s deputy, Andrew McCabe, after he was fired at the recommendation of the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility.
McCabe had been accused of misleading an inspector general investigation about leaking information to the press about the Hillary Clinton investigation.
In his statement, McCabe forcefully defended his contact with the media, denying that it could even be called a “leak.”
“It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter,” McCabe said in his post-firing statement. The “director” he’s referring to was James Comey.
As legal scholar Jonathan Turley notes, “that could be viewed as incriminating fired FBI director James Comey, not just in leaking sensitive information but also in lying to Congress.”