Former FBI Director James Comey admitted that he was “wrong” for being overconfident in his agency’s use of a surveillance process to obtain warrants to monitor a former member of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.
The internal watchdog for the Justice Department, Michael Horowitz, testified last week about 17 “significant errors and omissions” in the FBI getting orders to monitor Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
“He’s right, I was wrong,” Comey told “Fox News 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,” he said. “I was overconfident in those, because he’s right, there was real sloppiness.”
Fox host Chris Wallace also questioned Comey on his comments that Horowitz’s report vindicated him and the FBI in their handling of the investigation into Russian involvement in the election.
Wallace reminded Comey that Horowitz testified that the activities uncovered in his investigation “don’t vindicate anybody who touched this.”
“The FBI was accused of treason, of illegal spying of tapping Mr. Trump’s wires illegally, of opening an investigation without justification, of being a criminal conspiracy to defeat and then unseat a president,” Comey said. “All of that was nonsense.”
“But he also found things we were never accused of, which is real sloppiness, and that’s concerning as I’ve said all along has to be focused on as director,” Comey added.
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