When asked to comment on ex-FBI Director James Comey's remark that the "Republican Party needs to be burned down or changed," Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the GOP should not take any advice from Comey because he is a "notorious liar" who "should be in prison for the things that he did."
On Wednesday, during coverage of the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Fox News' Bill Hemmer read a comment from Comey that was published in The Guardian, a left-wing British publication.
Comey said, “The Republican Party needs to be burned down or changed. Something is shifting and I’m hoping it’s the fault breaking apart, a break between the Trumpists and those people who want to try and build a responsible conservative party, because everybody should know that we need one. Who would want to be part of an organisation that at its core is built on lies and racism and know-nothingism? It’s just not a healthy political organisation.”
Hemmer asked Senator Paul what he thought of Comey's comments and the senator said, “When we start taking advice from Comey, a notorious liar, a guy who ruined the FBI, a guy who used the enormous power of government to go after his political opponent, Donald Trump, I think when we start taking his advice, we’re taking the wrong advice."
“And so I don’t plan on listening to anything from Comey,” said Paul. “In fact, I think Comey should be imprisoned for the things that he did.”
Comey, who was appointed FBI director by President Barack Obama in September 2013, was fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017.
In august 2019, the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General released a report, Report of Investigation of Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey's Disclosure of Sensitive Investigative Information and Handling of Certain Memoranda.
Among other findings, the report concluded,
-- "Comey Violated Department and FBI Policies Pertaining to the Retention, Handling, and Dissemination of FBI Records and Information."
-- "Comey Failed to Return Memos 2, 4, 6, and 7 after Being Removed as FBI Director."
-- "Comey Improperly Disclosed FBI Documents and Information."
-- "Comey Failed to Immediately Alert the FBI to the Unauthorized Disclosure of Classified Information."
-- "By not safeguarding sensitive information obtained during the course of his FBI employment, and by using it to create public pressure for official action, Comey set a dangerous example for the over 35,000 current FBI employees—and the many thousands more former FBI employees—who similarly have access to or knowledge of non-public information."
-- "We have previously faulted Comey for acting unilaterally and inconsistent with Department policy. Comey’s unauthorized disclosure of sensitive law enforcement information about the [Lt. Gen. Michael] Flynn investigation merits similar criticism."
-- Comey engaged in "the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive investigative information, obtained during the course of FBI employment, in order to achieve a personally desired outcome."