Former Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy hit out at former FBI Director James Comey after Comey confessed that he was wrong to defend the FBI’s use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act process.
After his recent claims that he had been vindicated by the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the investigation into the origins of the 2016 Russia probe, when he was questioned on Fox News by host Chris Wallace, Comey sang to a different tune.
Appearing on Fox News on Sunday, Dec. 15, host Wallace pressured Comey, “Seventeen significant errors in the FISA process, and you say it was handled in a thoughtful and appropriate way?” questioned Wallace.
“He’s right, I was wrong,” said Comey, referring to the report by Horowitz. “I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI and Justice have built over 20 years years. I thought they were robust enough. It’s incredibly hard to get a FISA. I was overconfident in those because he’s right, there was real sloppiness.”
In a Dec. 9 opinion piece in The Washington Post, an overconfident Comey blasted Attorney General William Barr after the IG report was released, “Well, the wait is over, and those who smeared the FBI are due for an accounting,” Comey said at the time. “In particular, Attorney General William P. Barr owes the institution he leads, and the American people, an acknowledgment of the truth.”
“Unfortunately, it appears that Barr will continue his practice of deriding the Justice Department when the facts don’t agree with Trump’s fiction,” he added. “The FBI fulfilled its—protecting the American people and upholding the U.S. Constitution. Now those who attacked the FBI for two years should admit they were wrong.”
Comey’s admission of “I was wrong,” is useless now, as Gowdy, appearing on Fox News on Sunday, slammed Comey to host Maria Bartimoro, “Sometimes, Maria, it’s better late than never, and sometimes it’s just too damn late,” Gowdy said. “And in this case, Comey is about two years too late.”
“We could have used his objectivity. We could have used him as the head of the FBI helping Republicans figure out what was happening with FISA instead of thwarting us and obstructing us,” he continued.
“This is a personnel issue. It’s the wrong people in the wrong positions of power,” Gowdy said. “That’s not going to be fixed with a new policy or procedure. It’s going to be fixed by replacing the people who did what they did in 2016.”