“He’s right, I was wrong,” James Comey the former FBI Director said on “Fox News Sunday” about how the FBI used the FISA process, adding, “I was overconfident as director in our procedures,” and that what happened “was not acceptable.”
When asked by Chris Wallace, the Fox News host about the reliance on information gathered by former British spy Christopher Steele, Comey downplayed the role of Steele’s information in obtaining the FISA warrant against Page, claiming Sunday that it was “not a huge part of the presentation to the court,” just part of the information included in the warrant application.
He insisted that he and Horowitz “weren’t saying different things” about Steele’s significance, but host Chris Wallace then read Horowitz’s words, which said Steele’s information “played a central and essential role” in establishing probable cause.
Following the release of the Horowitz report, James Comey essentially claimed vindication, declaring that the criticism of FBI’s actions “was all lies.”
When asked about vindication at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Horowitz bluntly replied: “I think the activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this FISA.”
Comey explained on Fox News that his claim of vindication was not in reference to the issues identified in Horowtiz’s report.
“What I mean is that the FBI was accused of treason, of illegal spying, of tapping Mr. Trump’s wires illegally, of opening an investigation without justification, of being a criminal conspiracy to unseat, defeat and then unseat a president. All of that was nonsense,” he said.