Comey accuses Barr of 'irresponsible statement' on Federal Bureau of Investigation conduct

I was overconfident in those, and he's right. "It was not acceptable", said Comey, who was sacked by Trump in 2017.

Wallace reminded Comey that Kevin Clinesmith was referred for a criminal investigation, something the former FBI director shrugged off, as though it wasn't a big deal.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on the FBI's 2016 investigation into Russian election interference was a popular topic on Sunday.

Asked by Wallace about comments Comey made previous year that he was sure officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation were "responsible" when they prepared surveillance warrants applications for Carter Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief said he "was wrong".

Comey, however, contended that Horowitz found no wrong doing, no political bias, but he did find that mistakes took place, something he said is "nothing to sneeze at".

"So what are the consequences for his unlawful conduct", he posted. "Remember, I was going to jail, and lots of other people were going to jail".

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Horowitz zeroed in on inaccuracies and omissions in the FBI's submission to the special FISA court that handles surveillance requests, under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

"He [Horowitz] said it [Steele Dossier] played an essential role in establishing probably cause".

Asked about Horowitz's conclusions, Comey portrayed the dossier as "one of a bunch of different facts" presented to the court, but admitted: "It was the one that convinced the lawyers that they had enough now, with that added to the pile, to go forward".

Comey was far more contrite on Sunday than he was less than a week ago.

Comey said Sunday that he simply meant that the report had debunked some of the gravest allegations that Trump and his supporters had made.

Republicans argue department officials conspired against Donald Trump as they started an investigation into Trump's ties to Russian Federation and cleared Democrat Hillary Clinton in a separate probe of her email use.

  • Sonia Alvarado