President Donald Trump hinted at jail time for James Comey after the former FBI director admitted that he was wrong about the FBI’s spying on a Trump campaign aide.
Comey and other intelligence community leaders claimed for years that the FBI’s applications to spy on Carter Page, the aide, were done correctly. But Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz shredded those claims in a report released last week, revealing 17 significant errors or omissions and additional errors made in following internal guidelines.
“He’s right, I was wrong,” Comey admitted on Sunday.
“I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI and justice had built over 20 years. I thought they were robust enough. It’s incredibly hard to get a FISA. I was overconfident in those. Because he’s right. There was real sloppiness, 17 things that either should’ve been in the applications or at least discussed and characterized differently. It was not acceptable and so he’s right. I was wrong,” he added.
Trump reacted on Twitter, writing: “So now Comey’s admitting he was wrong. Wow, but he’s only doing so because he got caught red-handed.”
So now Comey’s admitting he was wrong. Wow, but he’s only doing so because he got caught red handed. He was actually caught a long time ago. So what are the consequences for his unlawful conduct. Could it be years in jail? Where are the apologies to me and others, Jim?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2019
“He was actually caught a long time ago. So what are the consequences for his unlawful conduct. Could it be years in jail? Where are the apologies to me and others, Jim?” Trump added.
Trump also took aim at Horowitz, who wrote in the report that his team didn’t find evidence of political bias among FBI officials but admitted in a Senate hearing, “I think it’s fair for people to sit there and look at all of these 17 events and wonder how it could be purely incompetence.”