Disgraced former FBI Boss James Comey -who admitted under oath to leaking classified material to a longtime friend- warned Friday that any “loose talk” regarding the 2016 election could potentially demoralize FBI agents across the country.
“Investigate whatever you wish about 2016 but don’t forget the people of the FBI must investigate and stop Russian efforts in the 2020 election. What impact will loose talk about ‘spying’ and disgraceful talk about ‘treason’ have on FBI agents and analysts?” posted Comey on social media.
Investigate whatever you wish about 2016 but don’t forget the people of the FBI must investigate and stop Russian efforts in the 2020 election. What impact will loose talk about “spying” and disgraceful talk about “treason” have on FBI agents and analysts?
— James Comey (@Comey) May 24, 2019
President Trump gave Attorney General William Barr the green light Thursday night to investigate American intelligence agencies to determine whether they acted appropriately in surveilling the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
“President Donald Trump on Thursday granted Attorney General William Barr new powers to review and potentially release classified information related to the origins of the Russia investigation, a move aimed at accelerating Barr’s inquiry into whether U.S. officials improperly surveilled Trump’s 2016 campaign,” reports the Associated Press.
“Trump directed the intelligence community to ‘quickly and fully cooperate’ with Barr’s probe. The directive marked an escalation in Trump’s efforts to ‘investigate the investigators,’ as he continues to try to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe amid mounting Democratic calls for impeachment proceedings,” adds the article.
Barr’s new mission comes days after he announced the appointment of a US attorney to investigate the dubious origins of the government’s surveillance of Trump campaign associates.
Attorney General William Barr questioned the DOJ’s use of the infamous ‘Steele Dossier’ to obtain FISA warrants against the Trump campaign this week; saying the document has a “number of clear mistakes.”
“It’s a very unusual situation to have opposition research like that, especially one that on its face had a number of clear mistakes and a somewhat jejune analysis,” Barr told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer.
“And to use that to conduct counterintelligence against an American political campaign is a strange — would be strange development,” he added.
COMEY CASHES IN: Disgraced FBI Boss’s New Book OUTSELLING Clinton, Wolff
Former FBI director James Comey’s Trump-bashing memoir shot to the top of the best-seller list Tuesday; outperforming both Hillary Clinton’s and Michael Wolff’s total sales combined.
According to the New York Times, Comey’s tell-all book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership” blasted through sales expectations after his media-hyped publicity tour; stopping by The View, The Late Show, and countless other liberal outlets.
“Mr. Comey’s publisher, Flatiron Books, has ordered multiple reprints to meet demand, and now has more than a million copies in print,” writes the Times. “The early sales figures for Mr. Comey’s book dwarfed other recent political best sellers.”
Initial sales figures have the book selling over 600,000 copies.
The former FBI director made national headlines last week after his public attacks against President Trump; calling the Commander-in-Chief a “mob boss” acting as the head of an organized crime family.
BOMBSHELL: DOJ Finds Comey ‘DEFIED AUTHORITY’ as FBI Director
A watchdog agency for the Department of Justice has concluded that former FBI Director James Comey “defied authority” during his time as the head of the agency, reports those with inside knowledge of the upcoming report.
According to ABC News, sources are saying an early draft of the report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz used the term “insubordinate” while describing Comey’s tenure at the nation’s premier law enforcement agency.
The report goes on to slam former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s behavior surrounding the DOJ’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
It remains unclear when a full draft of Horowitz’ report will be released to the public.
President Trump demanded the release of the material on social media Tuesday, asking “What is taking so long with the Inspector General’s Report on Crooked Hillary and Slippery James Comey?”
“Hope report is not being changed and made weaker!” he added.
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