Tucker: ABC Interview Shows Comey Was Too Partisan and 'Never Should Have Been FBI Director'
Fox News' Tucker Carlson lambasted fired FBI Director James Comey in his opening statement Monday night, saying the G-Man's "deeply revealing" interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos proved he "never should have been FBI director."
Carlson began by pointing out that the double standard by which Comey operated during his years at the FBI and Justice Department proved he was "too partisan" for the job.
"The real value of this interview was what it said about James Comey," Tucker argued. "By the end, you realize that Comey never should have been FBI director."
"Trump's main mistake was in not firing him on Inauguration Day," he said.
"Comey defends his prosecution of Martha Stewart, who you remember went to jail for lying to federal prosecutors. He then attacks General David Petraeus," Carson said.
Petraeus was engulfed in a scandal in 2012 over an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, with whom he allegedly shared classified information.
"According to Comey, General Petraeus should have faced far more than a lone charge for mishandling classified information. He should have gone to prison for lying," Tucker pointed out.
Carlson said he generally agrees with holding the powerful "accountable for their misdeeds," but saw an inconsistency with how Comey handled those cases and the Marc Rich case.
"On his way out of office, Bill Clinton sold a presidential pardon to a wanted felon who had fled the country," Tucker explained. "Comey is unambiguous about that case: 'I've never heard of another case where a fugitive from justice was pardon.' So Stephanopoulos then asks the obvious question: 'Did you draw any conclusions about the Clintons -- about Hillary Clinton -- from those experiences?' Comey's response? 'Nope! None at all!'
Selling a presidential pardon to a fugitive says nothing whatsoever about the Clintons or their character -- and by the way , Comey goes on to say, that Hillary Clinton is awfully smart and hard-working."
Tucker pointed out that Loretta Lynch got the same "soft treatment" from Comey after she forced him to use the word "matter" -- the Clinton campaign's terminology -- to describe the 2016 criminal investigation into her mishandling of classified information of her unsecure server.
Comey has acknowledged that the directive made him feel "uncomfortable," but told Stephanopoulos he couldn't really know if Lynch was trying to protect Clinton.
"Comey goes on to say Loretta Lynch is a very smart and good person whom he respects very much," mocked Carlson.
"There's a theme here," he continued. "Partisan Democrats get every benefit of every doubt from Jim Comey. He can't rush to conclusions, that is until he sees the white circles under Donald Trump's eyes -- then he's happy to speculate."
Carlson found it ironic that Comey constantly says lying is what bothers him most.