Comey’s got some ‘splainin to do! While everyone else is talking about how damning the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) report about former FBI Director James Comey seems to be, Comey is playing it off as if he still did nothing wrong. But, President Donald Trump didn’t let Comey off the hook in a Thursday tweet.
According to The Federalist:
The OIG report concluded that Comey stole federal documents, improperly disclosed FBI records, leaked classified information, and violated FBI policies.
“The responsibility to protect sensitive law enforcement information falls in large part to the employees of the FBI who have access to it through their daily duties,” the OIG report found. “Former Director Comey failed to live up to this responsibility.”
“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.”
Trump tweeted about the OIG report, saying Comey “should be ashamed of himself!”
Perhaps never in the history of our Country has someone been more thoroughly disgraced and excoriated than James Comey in the just released Inspector General’s Report. He should be ashamed of himself!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2019
Not one to back away from a fire, Comey sent out a tweet of his own Thursday morning, asking for an apology while not asking for an apology:
DOJ IG "found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media." I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a “sorry we lied about you” would be nice.— James Comey (@Comey) August 29, 2019
As they usually do, the Twitterverse came through with a few comebacks for Comey:
The OIG determined you violated FBI policy AND your Employment Agreement.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 29, 2019
The damning report says you "set a dangerous example for over 35,000 current FBI employees, to achieve a personally desired outcome."
It’s the public, FBI and President who deserve an apology from you.
You:— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 29, 2019
- removed classified
- mishandled classified
- failed to report mishandling classified
- violated your oath
- were referred for prosecution
Also DOJ IG: "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."— Sara Gonzales (@SaraGonzalesTX) August 29, 2019
We're gonna pass on that apology.