Geraldo Rivera, in an appearance on Monday, Dec. 9, on “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, took a shot at the FBI and former FBI Director James Comey after the release of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) report.
“I think James Comey’s bravado is going to be very short-lived,” Rivera said, reported the Daily Caller. “I think when you read this report, even the summary with the 17 inaccuracies and omissions, et cetera, he’s going to be in for a very rocky road when it comes to John Durham’s investigation.”
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz released his report on the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign’s Russia connection on Monday. The report found no political bias or intentional misconduct surrounding the probe’s launch and efforts to seek a FISA warrant to monitor former Trump aide Carter Page. Still, it identified at least 17 “significant inaccuracies or omissions” in applications for the warrant and its renewals.
Comey seized on the report findings to claim vindication over the FBI’s handling of the investigation, claiming criticism surrounding its probe “was all lies.”
So it was all lies. No treason. No spying on the campaign. No tapping Trumps wires. It was just good people trying to protect America. https://t.co/9nurCaIBq2
— James Comey (@Comey) December 9, 2019
Rivera went on to point out defects in the report, noting that no one warned then-candidate Donald Trump that his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was under investigation, and the Steel dossier, which was used by FBI to secure the FISA warrant, was not vetted.
“Because they were setting a perjury trap,” he continued. “They thought they had the president of the United States by the short hairs. They thought the president of the United States was a spy, was a traitor, was more subservient to Vladimir Putin than to the American people, they tried but they kept falling short.”
Rivera concluded by raising concerns about the FBI’s—the nation’s top law enforcement agency—respect for constitutional principles and its competence in general.
“I don’t know what James Comey is looking at. Maybe he’s just putting on this false face. My goodness. When you see all that the FBI did, I have them in the highest regard, the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” he said. “They did everything to try to make a case but they felt short. … If they can do this to a president candidate and then to a president-elect, what else they can do?”