Judicial Watch: FBI's Comey Took 'Government Records' and Tried to 'Destroy the President'

Michael W. Chapman | March 27, 2018 | 2:27pm EDT
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Judicial Watch President
Tom Fitton. 

Commenting on political corruption at the FBI, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that former FBI Director James Comey took "government records" from his office and tried to "destroy the president." Fitton added that between then-Director Comey and his now-fired deputy, Andrew McCabe, he is "surprised the FBI survived."

On Lou Dobbs Tonight, March 19, the guest host asked Fitton about McCabe's suggestion -- in a statement he issued after he was fired on March 16 -- that, as FBI director, Comey apparently had approved illegal leaks to the media. 

Fitton said, “There are lots of reasons to investigate James Comey and now there’s questions about his testimony raised by his protégé, Mr. [Andrew] McCabe. He’s taking records out of the Justice Department, the FBI, those memos, those infamous memos and leaking them improperly – taking government records and trying to destroy the president."

In his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last June, Comey admitted that a memo he allegedly wrote about a conversation he had with President Trump he deliberately leaked to a friend at Columbia Law School who, in turn, passed it to the New York Times.

"My judgment was, I needed to get that out into the public square, and so I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter," Comey testified. "Didn't do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of the special counsel."

The FBI and Congress subsequently reviewed Comey's personal memos, recollections he wrote on several issues. They determined that all of the memos constituted government documents and that some of them contained classified information, reported The Hill

Former FBI Director James Comey, right, and former Deputy FBI Director
Andrew McCabe. Comey was fired by President Trump in May 2017 and
McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, at the recommendation
of the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, on March 16, 2018. (YouTube)

"Mr. Comey, talk about an ethical mess," said Fitton.  "Between Comey and McCabe, I’m surprised the FBI survived." 

Fitton was then asked about a poll, showing that 74% of Americans believe the Deep State exists.  Fitton said, “It definitely exists and it’s well-represented on [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller’s team. Andrew Weissmann, a long-time prosecutor in the Justice Department, his Number Two, sent an email that we uncovered, praising [former Acting Attorney General] Sally Yates for obstructing President Trump’s travel ban and praising her."

"He [Weissmann] goes to Hillary Clinton’s campaign event, according to the Wall Street Journal, the night of the election in New York, and he’s the Number Two guy in Mueller’s operation?" said Fitton.  "Frankly, I’m tired of the Republicans almost in a knee-jerk reaction, defending everything Mueller’s doing. He needs accountability and oversight the way every other government bureaucrat does."

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