Trump, GOP Respond To ‘Disastrous IG Report On James Comey,’ Crush Him As ‘Dishonest Fool’

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a report on Thursday morning which detailed former FBI Director James Comey’s mishandling of sensitive information.

The report also described that Comey “violated” DOJ and FBI policies in his handling of personal memos he wrote concerning conversations he had with President Trump.

The Washington Examiner reports that during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes said the report contained “very important pieces of evidence that would build into the conspiracy complaint that we have sent to the Department of Justice.”

“For a long time I have been very hesitant to get too far out in front on the IG’s capabilities. I believe what today is, is another example — it’s a building block. It’s important information,” he added.

The Washington Examiner continues:

Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on Sean Hannity’s show, along with fellow Reps. Mark Meadows and John Ratcliffe, to react to Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s 83-page scathing report on Comey released earlier in the day.

Nunes and his GOP colleagues stressed that Comey has not yet escaped trouble, citing Horowitz’s incoming report on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses and Attorney General William Barr’s and U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation.

Meadows said the reports will be “more damning than this and this was not a good day for the FBI’s former director.”

Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor who dropped out of contention to be director of national intelligence amid controversy last month, said anyone who worked on and signed off on the FISA warrant applications seeking to wiretap onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page will be placed under “tremendous scrutiny.”

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President Trump also addressed the report in a tweet where he said Comey treated him and his supporters unfairly.

“The disastrous IG Report on James Comey shows, in the strongest of terms, how unfairly I, and tens of millions of great people who support me, were treated,” Trump wrote. “Our rights and liberties were illegally stripped away by this dishonest fool.”

“We should be given our stolen time back?” he asked at the end of the tweet.

Republican Congressman Jim Jordan alleged that Comey failed to prosecute former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as he committed the same offense.

“Now we know why Comey didn’t want to prosecute Clinton—he didn’t see a problem mishandling sensitive information. After clearing her, he did it too!” Jordan tweeted.

“Comey, like Clinton, thinks he’s above the law,” the congressman from Ohio continued.

In a series of tweets, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham described the Inspector General’s report as “a stunning and unprecedented rebuke of a former Director of the FBI.”

“This is the first of what I expect will be several more ugly and damning rebukes of senior DOJ and FBI officials regarding their actions and biases toward the Trump campaign of 2016,” he continued.

“I appreciate the time and effort Mr. Horowitz and his team spent documenting the off-the-rails behavior of Mr. Comey regarding the leaking of law enforcement materials to the media,” Graham said in another tweet.

“I also appreciate Mr. Horowitz for reinforcing the proper standards expected of senior DOJ and FBI officials. Well done Mr. Horowitz,” he added.