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In one of the only instances of former FBI Director James Comey being held to some form of account for his overseeing of the bureau’s misconduct during the Russia investigation, Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace grilled Comey on what he knew about lies his people were telling the FISA court, his false statements to the public, and whether or not he would resign if he was still the head of the FBI.
From the get-go, Wallace was on Comey. “You have been taking something of a victory lap since the IG report was released earlier this week. The question is whether or not it's justified,” he declared as he shared back-to-back soundbites of Comey building himself up and Department of Justice Inspector General Horowitz tearing him down (click “expand”):
ANDERSON COOPER: Do you think this is vindication?
JAMES COMEY: It is. I mean, the FBI's had to wait two years while the President and his followers lied about the institution. Finally the truth gets told.
SEN. JOHN KENNEDY (R-LA): Does your report vindicate Mr. Comey?
DOJ IG MICHAEL HOROWITZ: It doesn't vindicate anyone at the FBI who touched this, including the leadership.
“The IG says you should feel no vindication,” Wallace reiterated. “Well, maybe it turns upon how we understand the word,” Comey argued as he began making excuses.