Former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova spoke on Fox News this week, after the Justice Department announced that it would not prosecute former FBI Director James Comey for leaking confidential memos between himself and President Trump.
In his interview with Fox’s Laura Ingraham on Monday, August 5, diGenova agreed with Attorney General William Barr for showing discretion and not charging Comey, for the time being. The former U.S. Attorney explained, “Bill Barr is trying to do one thing. He’s trying to restore the integrity of the Justice Department, to get it away from the Obama/FBI/DOJ political-prosecution model and back to professionalism.”
However, in the case of Comey, who became Director of the FBI under President Obama, diGenova said that he is still being scrutinized as part of investigations being conducted by current U.S. Attorney John Durham and Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
“Comey’s not out of the woods,” deGenova said. “He is the target, along with a number of other people, of a major criminal-conspiracy investigation by John Durham. It doesn’t mean he’s going to be charged. He’s right in the middle of a grand criminal conspiracy that John Durham is investigating.”
Barr appointed Durham to serve as federal prosecutor in an investigation to examine the origins of the FBI Russia probe that evolved into the two-year Mueller Investigation. Details of the investigation are being kept confidential. The findings of the investigation are expected to be released later this year.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz is also still investigating to determine whether Comey followed proper court procedures when he issued an initial FISA warrant used to place the Trump campaign under surveillance.
“Accountability is what matters now after the disgrace that we’ve had where it is very obvious the DOJ and FBI under Obama—Sally Yates, James Comey, [Andrew] McCabe, all of these people tried to basically frame Donald Trump, to defrock him, to remove him from office, to prevent him from taking office,” diGenova said.