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Comey: ‘I was wrong’ to say FISA process was ‘followed’

By Daniel Lehewych

Contributer| Telegraph Local

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Recently on Fox News, former FBI director James Comey asserted that he was wrong to say that the FISA process was followed and that he was “overconfident” in the FBI’s surveillance procedures.

This announcement from the former FBI director comes after President Trump hinted that jail time might be in Comey’s future.

The context in which Comey was speaking about his overconfidence in the FBI’s surveillance, was with regard to how the FBI comported itself during the investigations into Russia and its potential links to President Trump.

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Furthermore, Comey’s admission of error comes in light of a recent report released by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz. In this report, it is claimed that the origins of the investigation into Russia by the FBI –dating originally from 2016– were plagued by at least 17 errors and omissions in the FISA process.

“He’s right, I was wrong,” Comey told host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI and Justice had built over 20 years. I thought they were robust enough. It’s incredibly hard to get a FISA.” “He’s right: There was real sloppiness,” Comey added.

Soon after Comey came out with his admission of error, President Trump tweeted that Comey had been caught “red-handed.”

“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?” President Trump tweeted.

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“I was overconfident as director in our procedures, and it’s important that a leader be accountable and transparent. If I was still director, I’d be saying exactly the same thing Chris Wray is saying, which is, ‘Are we going to get to the bottom of this?’ Because the most important question is: is it systemic? Are their problems in other cases?” Said former FBI director James Comey, in his interview with Fox News.

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