After former FBI Director James Comey finally admitted on Sunday that the Inspector General’s report on his handling of the 2016 Russia investigation wasn’t exactly all roses and sunshine, President Trump took to Twitter to wonder: Hey, when are you going to get around to apologizing to me?
“So now Comey’s admitting he was wrong,” wrote Trump. “Wow, but he’s only doing so because he got caught red handed. He was actually caught a long time ago. So what are the consequences for his unlawful conduct. Could it be years in jail? Where are the apologies to me and others, Jim?”
While Inspector General Michael Horowitz claimed to have found no political motive behind the FBI’s decision to open an investigation into the Trump campaign, he did outline more than 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions” that pointed to systemic failures within the FBI. Most of these failures pertained to the FBI’s application to secure a FISA warrant into Trump campaign aide Carter Page – an application to do what the FBI insists (to this very day!) they never did: Spy on the Trump campaign.
On Sunday, in an interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace, Comey admitted there was “sloppiness” in his oversight of the investigation.
“I was wrong,” he said. “I was overconfident in the procedures the FBI and Justice had built over 20 years. I thought they were robust enough.”
Well, that’s…something. But because Horowitz was so determined to reach an impartial conclusion about the FBI’s conduct, it gives Comey an out that he really shouldn’t be entitled to. And if we had an overarching news media that was willing to do its job regardless of where the story goes, we would know that. After all, they didn’t hesitate to question whether or not Trump was motivated by political bias when he asked Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, now did they? Question it? They assumed it!
But when it comes to the FBI’s wrongdoing – of which we haven’t learned the half of it – they are right there to assure us that it was all nonpolitical, it had nothing to do with anyone’s hatred of Trump, and everything is just fine.
It’s because of this protection that Comey can get away with just apologizing for a little bit of “sloppiness” instead of having to explain why our country went through a three-year investigation to prove that there was never any crime in the first place.