Former FBI Director James Comey on Friday slammed the release of the memo, written by a staffer for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA).
“That’s it?” Comey asked, echoing criticism many have levied at GOP House intel members, who last week voted to release the controversial anti-FBI memo over objections from Democrats and leaders of the bureau.
“Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Community, damaged relationship with FISA court, and inexcusably exposed classified investigation of an American citizen,” Comey wrote. “For what? DOJ & FBI must keep doing their jobs.”
That’s it? Dishonest and misleading memo wrecked the House intel committee, destroyed trust with Intelligence Commu… https://t.co/orb9U4jA3e— James Comey (@James Comey) 1517597260.0
Comey was abruptly fired by Donald Trump in May 2017 to, as the president explained, relieve “great pressure” from the Russia investigation. The former FBI director, who testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June of last year, has periodically issued public critiques of the president on Twitter. Friday, prior to the memo’s release, Comey ripped “weasels and liars” taking on the FBI—and compared critics of the agency to Joseph McCarthy.
According to the memo, Comey signed off on three Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants on Carter Page, and briefed Trump “on a summary of the Steele dossier, even though it was—according to his June 2017 testimony—‘salacious and unverified.’”