In an interview with Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” show this weekend, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that he was confident that the people responsible for misleading the FISA Court to secure a phony surveillance warrant against Trump campaign associate Carter Page would be held accountable for their actions.
McCarthy, speaking ahead of a forthcoming report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on the FISA abuses from 2016, said that former FBI leaders James Comey and Andrew McCabe would likely face criminal prosecution for their role in the scheme to take Donald Trump down.
“We came the closest ever to this country having a coup, and now we need accountability,” McCarthy said. “I respect this attorney general so greatly, that the way he has handled this, he believes in accountability, but more importantly, he believes in the rule of law.”
Comey and McCabe have both been the subject of separate internal investigations, and McCarthy said Sunday that he expected that both of them would face legal jeopardy.
“We will see an indictment,” he said, referring to McCabe. The former deputy director of the FBI is now awaiting word from a grand jury to see if federal prosecutors will move forward with charges against him. In Horowitz’s report, McCabe was shown to have not only leaked information to the Washington Post, but he stands accused of lying about that incident to both his boss (Comey) and to the inspector general’s office. U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has recommended charges be filed against him.
Comey’s consequences could be even greater. Not only did he violate DOJ policy (and, quite possibly, the law) when he leaked his own memos to the press, but he is at the very core of the FBI conspiracy against the president.
“In the end, I do not believe that Jim Comey will get off,” McCarthy said. “Anyone that has had any association with trying to create this coup should be held accountable.”
As satisfying as it is to imagine that McCarthy is right, we can’t help but be skeptical. There’s no doubt at all that our country would be better off if we threw Comey, McCabe, John Brennan, and Peter Strzok in prison. Or better yet, bury them under it. But will it actually happen? We’re not optimistic. We have a feeling they left themselves just enough wiggle room to claim that, legally, they were acting in the interests of a legitimate investigation.
We’ll see. It would be a nice thing to be wrong about.