On Friday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson ripped former FBI Director James Comey’s response to the release of the FISA abuse memo, referring to him as an “aspiring MSNBC contributor” for mocking the memo.
The memo showed an abuse of the FISA system with FBI officials applying for warrants to spy on the Trump team using the discredited dossier, but not telling the court that it was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton. Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS also planted stories in the press which were then used to back up the same information in the dossier. But that was not revealed to the court either, according to the memo.
Comey didn’t apologize for the FBI officials actions under his auspices or even try to deny it.
He mocked the memo.
“That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen. For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs.”
And perhaps there was a good reason for him to disparage the memo as he is named, along with Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates, Rod Rosenstein and Dana Boente as signing off on the allegedly deceptive warrant applications. That would mean that Comey himself was specifically misleading the court.
Tucker Carlson was having none of it and blasted Comey on his show.
From The Hill:
“Comey took to Twitter today not to … address the facts the memo raised, but to mock the release of the memo like the aspiring MSNBC contributor he apparently is,” he said.
“He didn’t bother to explain how it was ‘dishonest and misleading.’ Of course, he didn’t. Comey, who leaked his notes on private meetings with the president in a petty revenge move after being fired, is now declaring it beyond the pale somehow for Congress to carry out its constitutional duties of oversight of the FBI,” Carlson said.
He said Comey apparently views the FBI as a fourth co-equal branch of government, not subject to any oversight.
Tucker noted that Comey had testified that the dossier was “salacious and unverified.” But he himself had used the dossier in an application for a warrant, ostensibly presenting it to the judge as reliable.
Comey is on the hook with the other FBI folks involved in making material misrepresentations to the judge.
And he needs to be held to account for it.
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]