FAST FIVE: Comey Under DOJ Investigation For Misleading Trump While Targeting Him In FBI Probe
Former FBI Director James Comey has been under investigation for misleading President Trump – telling him in private that he wasn't the target of an ongoing FBI probe, while refusing to admit to this in public.
-RCI According to two US officials familiar with Horowitz's upcoming report on FBI misconduct, Comey was essentially “running a covert operation” against Trump – which began with a private “defensive briefing” shortly after the inauguration. RCI's sources say that Horowitz has pored over text messages between the FBI's former top-brass and other communications suggesting that Comey was in fact conducting a “counterintelligence assessment” of the president during their January 2017 meeting in New York. What's more, Comey had an FBI agent in the White House who reported the activities of Trump and his aides, according to 'other officials familiar with the matter.' The agent, Anthony Ferrante, who specialized in cyber crime, left the White House around the same time Comey was fired and soon joined a security consulting firm, where he contracted with BuzzFeed to lead the news site's efforts to verify the Steele dossier, in connection with a defamation lawsuit.
-RCI While Comey claims in his book, “A Higher Loyalty” that he didn't have “a counterintelligence case file open on [Trump],” former federal prosecutor and National Review columnist Andrew McCarthy notes that just because Trump's name wasn't on a formal file or surveillance warrant doesn't mean that he wasn't under investigation. “They were hoping to surveil him incidentally, and they were trying to make a case on him,” said McCarthy.
The FBI strung Trump along, telling him he was not a suspect while structuring the investigation in accordance with the reality that Trump was the main subject.” What's more, the FBI couldn't treat Trump as a suspect – formally, as they didn't have the legal grounds to do so according to former FBI counterintelligence lawyer Mark Wauck.
Comey himself was an early skeptic of the Steele dossier — the opposition research memos paid for by Hillary Clinton's campaign that were the road map of collusion theories – which he dismissed as “salacious and unverified.” -RCI According to House Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), Comey and the rest of the FBI's top team (including Peter Strzok and Lisa Page) were attempting to “stop” Trump's presidency for political reasons. “You have the culmination of the ultimate spying, where you have the FBI director spying on the president, taking notes [and] illegally leaking those notes of classified information” to the MSM, said Nunes in a recent interview. Read the rest of Sperry's report here. .