UPDATED 8:04 AM PT — Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Former FBI Director James Comey is taking aim at President Trump for claiming FBI officials may have engaged in treason. In an op-ed by the Washington Post Tuesday, Comey called the president a “liar” and claimed he is “peddling lies” about the Russia investigation.
Comey said if rogue agents wanted to hurt the president in 2016, they could have simply leaked the investigation. His comments come after President Trump accused former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and other top officials of engaging in illegal activity while at the bureau.
Comey maintained the FBI did not spy on members of the Trump campaign, which is a position he’s held since Attorney General William Barr suggested spying did occur.
“With respect to Barr’s comments, I really don’t know what he’s talking about when he talks about spying on the campaign…when I hear that kind of language used, it’s concerning because the FBI and the Department of Justice conduct court ordered electronic surveillance…I have never thought of that as spying,” said the former FBI director.
Critics of Comey said he may be on the defensive. Many pundits have suggested he may be trying to control the narrative ahead of the conclusion of several investigations looking into the FBI’s conduct during his time leading the bureau.