Former FBI Director James Comey has been running victory laps since the Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to not prosecute him, but Rudy Giuliani is raining on Comey’s parade.
Giuliani confirmed to Breitbart News and other news outlets that despite the AG William Barr’s decision to hold off on prosecuting Comey “prosecutions will happen.”
The former mayor of New York tweeted after the DOJ’s non-action, “IG report found Comey leaked and lied (was less than candid) as FBI Director. We all know he fixed the Hillary massive email, phone and server destruction case and tried to frame @realDonaldTrump. What a legacy! Oh, he prosecuted Martha Stewart for lying.”
The DOJ Inspector General Report on former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of personal memos he created of his interactions with President Trump was far from a declaration of innocence that Comey and his cohorts in the mainstream media have made it appear.
The report states:
We conclude that Comey’s retention, handling, and dissemination of certain Memos violated Department and FBI policies, and his FBI Employment Agreement.
Comey insisted AG Barr’s decision NOT to pursue charges against him at this time is a declaration of his innocence. He attempted to turn the table on his accusers with this tweet, “to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me ‘going to jail’ … why [do] you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president?”
He went so far as to fain humility by saying he didn’t expect a public apology but a short message saying we’re “sorry we lied about you” would be nice.
The White House offered a measured response to the DOJ’s decision. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement:
Because Comey shamefully leaked information to the press — in blatant violation of FBI policies — the Nation was forced to endure the baseless politically motivated, two-year witch hunt. Comey disgraced himself and his office to further a personal political agenda, and this report further confirms that fact.
Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia said Comey had better look behind him. The ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee said the Inspector General’s report “further cements the need for us to get to the root of how the Russia investigation began.”
While Comey was not prosecuted for his inept handling of the Clinton email scandal or his obvious ploy to bring down the President, his problems are far from over.
Attorney General William Barr has made it plain to Congress that he is concerned with a bigger issue than Comey’s misconduct. He wants to know how the Russia investigation came to be. He wants to know who the main players at its genesis were.
Rep. Lindsey Graham (Rep-SC) agreed the DOJ’s statement strongly denounced Comey’s actions. He also believes there is more to come saying, “This is the first of what I expect will be several uglier and damning rebukes of senior DOJ and FBI officials regarding their actions and biases toward the Trump campaign of 2016.”
Always the attack dog, Giuliani reminded reporters and James Comey there is indeed much more to come. “The IG report on Comey,” said Giuliani, “shows that the Mueller investigation was an attempt to remove the President of the US based on a contrived, false charge.”
Therein lies Comey’s problem. Lying to and about the President is despicable. Conspiring at the highest levels of government to affect a Presidential election is something more.
The DOJ’s report and final decision to “decline prosecution” is hardly something to crow about. A Graham said the report is “a stunning and unprecedented rebuke of a former Director of the FBI.”
Jordan cut to the heart of the matter when he tweeted: “Now we know why Comey didn’t want to prosecute Clinton—he didn’t see a problem mishandling sensitive information.”
Like Clinton, Comey believes he is above the law, and he thinks the DOJ’s decision proves him right.
But his time of celebration may be short indeed. Giuliani said the DOJ report left no doubt that Comey “leaked and lied.” Yet to be revealed findings of the DOJ is that this “happened and went higher and lower than Comey.” Sooner or later “prosecutions will happen.”
No wonder Comey and his former boss hope Trump doesn’t win again. Remember that come 2020.