Former FBI Director James Comey has been on the defense ever since Inspector General Michael Horowitz dropped his report on the alleged FISA abuses during the 2016 election.
Fox Host Chris Wallace interviewed Comey on “Fox News Sunday,” and despite his triumphant claim earlier in the week that the IG report vindicated his actions, he broke down and admitted on Sunday that “He [Horowitz] is right. I was wrong. I was overconfident as director in our procedures of the FBI and Justice have built over 20 years. I thought they were robust enough.”
He went on, “there was real sloppiness — 17 things that either should have been in the [FISA] application or at least discussed and characterized differently. It was not acceptable, so he’s right. I was wrong.”
Wallace pressed Comey, “you make it sound like you’re a bystander, an eyewitness. You were the director of the FBI while a lot of this was going on.”
Comey responded by nominally taking responsibility, but immediately went on to shift the blame to a “systemic” issue.
Sure, I’m responsible, I was overconfident as director in our procedures, and it’s important that a leader be accountable and transparent. If I were still director, I’d be saying exactly the same thing that [current FBI director] Chris Wray is saying, that we are going to get to the bottom of this because the most important question is, is it systemic? Are there problems in other cases?
These comments are in stark contrast to Comey’s 2018 statement that he had “total confidence that the FISA process was followed and that the entire case was handled in a thoughtful, responsible way by DOJ and the FBI.”
James Comey seems to be attempting to do some damage control before the results of the Durham investigation are released sometime next year. Horowitz said on Wednesday, “I think the activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this,” words that likely sent a shock of fear through Comey’s heart.