James Comey has quite the reputation among conservatives in America – and it’s not a positive one.
The former, disgraced FBI Director is seen by many as a “dirty cop” of sorts. His unwillingness to bring charges against Hillary Clinton after discovering evidence of her email-related crimes as Secretary of State stands out as the most egregious of Comey’s ethical quandaries, but it certainly isn’t the only instance of intelligence community tomfoolery afoot.
A new report indicates that Comey was likely involved in an immoral and clandestine investigation of President Trump – all while lying directly to the Commander in Chief’s face about it.
It is one of the most enduring and consequential mysteries of the Trump-Russia investigation: Why did former FBI Director James Comey refuse to say publicly what he was telling President Trump in private — that Trump was not the target of an ongoing probe?
That refusal ignited a chain of events that has consumed Washington for more than two years – including Comey’s firing by Trump, the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and ongoing claims that Trump obstructed justice.
The report of Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected in September.
Now an answer is emerging. Sources tell RealClearInvestigations that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon file a report with evidence indicating that Comey was misleading the president. Even as he repeatedly assured Trump that he was not a target, the former director was secretly trying to build a conspiracy case against the president, while at times acting as an investigative agent.
The language of the report looks to be quite damning for Comey.
Two U.S. officials briefed on the inspector general’s investigation of possible FBI misconduct said Comey was essentially “running a covert operation against” the president, starting with a private “defensive briefing” he gave Trump just weeks before his inauguration. They said Horowitz has examined high-level FBI text messages and other communications indicating Comey was actually conducting a “counterintelligence assessment” of Trump during that January 2017 meeting in New York.
The subject of Comey’s inquiries will likely be address come Wednesday, as former Special Counsel Robert Mueller heads to Washington DC to testify before Congress regarding the RussiaGate investigation and its impetus – an origin story that will almost certainly involved James Comey.
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