By Jon Dougherty
The Republican lawmaker who has been at the forefront of the “Spygate” investigation and knows everything about it up to this point says that fired FBI Director James Comey “made a mess” of the bureau he led.
What’s more, according to Rep. Devin Nunes, the former chairman and now ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee said Friday, Comey may be facing substantial legal problems in the near future.
“This is a guy who continues to just make a mockery of the entire FBI and the Department of Justice,” Nunes (R-Calif.) toldÂ Fox News‘ “Fox & Friends.”
“This is the guy who, remember, leaked his memos in order to make sure that a Special Counsel was created to investigate the president.
“This is the guy who put an unverified dossier in front of a FISA court. There areÂ lots of problems with Comeyâ€™s story. None of it matches up with reality,” Nunes said.
POTUS Donald Trump fired Comey on the recommendation of now-departed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May 2017; that led to Rosenstein’s appointment of Robert Mueller as a special counsel — just as Comey had hoped.
But the manner in which the FBI gathered evidence — via the Spygate operation — through the course of investigating the 2016 Trump campaign has also led to a probe by DoJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which, we hear, is close to being wrapped up. On Horowitz’s list of things to investigate is the manner in which the FBI secured a warrant to spy on the Trump campaign from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.
Comey, you may recall, signed off on the first FISA warrant, which he justified last week.
â€œThe FBI in my view took very reasonable steps, careful steps to try and understand is that true,â€ Comey said Thursday regarding the FBI surveillance tactics on members of Trumpâ€™s 2016 campaign, which has been labeled as â€œspyingâ€ by the president and Attorney General William Barr.
â€œI canâ€™t believe Republicans would have wanted it any other way and we acted in a very responsible, limited and constrained way. Iâ€™m proud of the way we conducted ourselves,” Comey complained.
Nunes knows better (and so does Comey — who now appears to be making his case to the American public, those who still believe him, anyway).
â€œThereâ€™s no question as it relates to the FISA on Carter Page that nothing was done by the book,â€ Nunes said. â€œIn fact, it was all done â€“ it was all very irregular.â€
Comey said he isn’t against the internal DoJ review of the FBI but he added he is confident that the inspector general wonâ€™t uncover any misconduct by the FBI.
Nunes…not so confident.
â€œI donâ€™t think heâ€™s telling the truth, is the bottom line here,â€ said the California Republican.
â€œThe former FBI director is not a stupid man and heâ€™s acting awfully stupid…Remember when he came before our task force at the end of the last Congress, this is a man who couldnâ€™t answer a question,” Nunes said.
“I think, you know, over 100 times said things like, â€˜I donâ€™t recallâ€™ so whenever put under oath on a body like the legislative body of Congress, the guy couldnâ€™t answer a question.
“He could do a town hall and make a lot of things up but look I think Mr. Comey is in a lot of trouble and he should be. He made a mess of the FBI,” he added.
We know that:
— Comey has said his FBI never verified the infamous “Russia dossier” used as the basis for obtaining the FISA warrants;
— Comey’s FBI knew it was bogus before they applied for a FISA warrant — and used it anyway to get one;
— Comey is talking out of his you-know-what because this was firstÂ reported in January 2018.
Will James Comey become the first legal casualty in Barr’s quest to right the ship at DoJ and the FBI?
Remember last month when POTUS Trump foreshadowed some of what was to come?
During a press conference Friday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, POTUS Donald Trump teased that new revelations regarding the deep state coup attempt against him by the Obama regime are coming â€œin a few weeks.â€
In response to a question from a reporter about his earlier â€œcoupâ€ comments, the president hinted strongly that new details that have yet to be released to the public are definitely forthcoming.
â€œOh, I think absolutely,â€ POTUS said when asked if â€˜coupâ€™ is an accurate description of what has taken place regarding events that have occurred up to this point including the recently completed special counsel investigation and revelations regarding key FBI and Justice Department figures.
â€œIf you look at whatâ€™s been happening and all the things youâ€™ve been seeing with the â€˜insurance policyâ€™ statement from two [FBI] agents that are now gone [Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page], if you look at many of the elements of intrigue andâ€¦frankly, weâ€™re going to be seeing a lot over the next couple of weeks, things that a lot of people havenâ€™t seen.â€
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