Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is laying heat on two former FBI administrative officials, James Comey and Andrew McCabe, who played prominent roles in the investigation of Russian election meddling.
This week, Congress released a portion of the memos kept by fired FBI director James Comey that he wrote after conversations with President Donald Trump in 2017. The memos can be found online.
Also this week, the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released his report on McCabe’s conduct in his final years at the FBI.
McCabe was fired by the DOJ earlier this year and was one of the lead FBI officials investigating the Hillary Clinton email scandal from her time as secretary of state — a pivotal issue in the 2016 presidential election and one that earned both McCabe and Comey heaps of scorn from both the left and the right.
McCabe became a sympathetic figure for some who saw him as being targeted by the Trump administration when he was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on March 16.
On Friday, Collins came out with statements blasting both McCabe and Comey, who is currently on a book tour promoting his memoir that cover both the Clinton email scandal and the Russia investigation.
Collins sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which has oversight of both the DOJ and the FBI, and is running to be its next chairman provided Republicans hold on the House in the 2018 midterms.
Collins said he supports the inspector general’s conclusions that McCabe was dishonest and that criminal charges should be considered. It’s a crime to lie to the FBI, and Horowitz reported that McCabe lied both when not under oath and when giving sworn testimony.
Comey himself is taking heat mid-tour as his memos were released by Congress, raising a cloud of doubt around some of the former FBI director’s previous statements.
“Mr. Comey’s memos illustrate that he used different standards in his official work involving President Donald Trump than he applied to his work with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and others,” Collins said in Friday announcement. “The memo he leaked — in order to effect the appointment of a special counsel — reinforces the inconsistency and bias with which he acted as FBI director as well as his willingness to substitute his own judgment for FBI policies. These facts indicate that Mr. Comey is less fettered to objective standards of integrity and the policies of our justice system than his public declarations claim.”
Comey is a former Republican, but has left the party amid the Trump furor, and was appointed FBI director by former President Barack Obama. He also served in the DOJ as a deputy attorney general under former President George W. Bush.
Collins’ criticism of McCabe and Comey come as Trump and the Republican Party ramp up criticism of the ousted FBI director.
The Republican National Committee and the White House authorized a website to be created to attack Comey during his tour. The site’s URL is named in Trump style: www.LyinComey.com.