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Comey Grilled Over Horowitz FISA Report Findings: “I was wrong”

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Former FBI Director James Comey was grilled over the findings of the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the FBI’s handling of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications to initiate surveillance on the Trump campaign released last week.

The inspector general’s report, over 400 pages long, concluded there was “no evidence of political bias or intentional misconduct.”

However, the inspector general’s report did find there were “17 serious omissions, inaccuracies and failures.”

Comey appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with host Chris Wallace to discuss the report and said at one point, “I was wrong.”

Fox News reports:

“He’s right, I was wrong,” Comey said about how the FBI used the FISA process, adding, “I was overconfident as director in our procedures,” and that what happened “was not acceptable.”

Comey was also questioned about the role the Christopher Steele dossier played over the surveillance of Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser, with Wallace saying, “You say it was part of a broader mosaic, Horowitz says it played a central role.”

Real Clear Politics reports:

Comey replied: “I’m not sure he and I are saying different things. What his report says is that the FBI thought it was a close call until they got the Steele report, put that additional information in and that tipped it over to be probable cause. It’s a long FISA application and includes Steele material and lots of other things, I don’t think we’re saying different things.”

Following the release of the Horowitz report, Comey downplayed the crucial mistakes made by the FBI while he was the director in a Washington Post op-ed and claimed he was vindicated of wrongdoing allegations per the FISA abuse report while the 2016 Trump campaign was investigated by the FBI.

Breitbart reports:

In a Washington Post opinion-editorial, Comey claimed he was exonerated by the report, glossing over various mistakes the FBI made during the investigation under his watch. Comey denied the existence of a “criminal conspiracy” to prevent President Trump from winning the White House and claimed the FBI did not spy on his campaign.

Testifying on his report before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, led by Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Horowitz was asked if his report vindicated Comey.

Horowitz crushed Comey’s claim, saying, “I think the activities we found here don’t vindicate anybody who touched this FISA.”

President Trump commented on Comey’s “Fox News Sunday” appearance.

President Trump also criticized former President Obama, saying, “Obama knew everything!”

Not only were Comey’s claims of vindication crushed by Horowitz’s testimony, Comey is not out of the legal woods yet, considering the U.S. Attorney John Durham is conducting a criminal investigation into the origins of the FBI’s Russia collusion investigation.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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