Republicans Blast 'Corrupt Cop' James Comey After Second Closed-Door Interview
Multiple Republicans on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Reform committees strongly denounced former FBI Director James Comey's smug and duplicitous performance after his second closed-door testimony in front of their committees on Monday.
Reps. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) blasted the "corrupt" and "sanctimonious" Comey in separate Fox News segments Tuesday evening, while Reps Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) shared some of Comey's problematic answers on Twitter.
During an appearance on "The Story with Martha MacCallum," Rep. Ratcliffe said Comey's self-assured demeanor came across as "a witness who [thinks he's] always right."
Ratcliffe slammed Comey for telling the press after his interview that he was irritated by Republicans' continuous questions regarding Hillary Clinton's email scandal, arguing that it was important to compare the FBI's email investigation to the Russia investigation.
"We continued to focus on the disparity and the dichotomy in which the same conduct was treated differently by Jim Comey's FBI in the Hillary Clinton investigation versus the Trump-Russia investigation," Ratcliffe explained.
He told MacCallum that Republicans spent a lot of time probing Comey about why virtually all the departures from FBI protocols seemed to work in favor of Hillary Clinton and her team, but to the detriment of Donald Trump and his team.
"It's hard to argue with a witness like Jim Comey who's always right," Ratcliffe said sarcastically. "The same conduct was treated differently by Jim Comey's FBI in Hillary Clinton's investigation than in the Trump investigation."
Ratcliffe said he used to respect Comey, but he has since come to realize he is "duplicitous and sanctimonious."
The Texas congressman added that Comey neglected to ask Clinton about her husband's infamous meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch aboard a plane at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix in 2016, days before Comey exonerated her.
Clinton "didn't get a single question about ... Lynch ... [or about] her communications with President Obama on an ... unclassified server," Ratcliffe complained.
Ratcliffe shared a transcription of one of his exchanges with Comey that drives home his point about the FBI's more lenient attitude toward Clinton:
Later on Fox News, Issa told Jeanine Pirro -- who was filling in for Sean Hannity -- that it was clear that Comey had just one intention: "To get to Donald Trump."
"You can see it in everything he did," Issa said. "He didn't keep Flynn from being the national security adviser, which he potentially could have done with this transcript, if it was so volatile." He argued that the FBI director could have told Trump that Flynn was misleading or lying to people, and he would have been immediately fired. Instead, he set up a perjury trap.