Former FBI Director James Comey debunked President Donald Trump's claims of "treason" in a new Washington Post column published Tuesday afternoon.
"Russia engaged in a massive effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Near as I can tell, there is only one U.S. leader who still denies that fact," Comey wrote.
"And there’s the first problem with Trump’s whole 'treason' narrative. If we were 'deep state' Clinton loyalists bent on stopping him, why would we keep it secret? Why wouldn’t the much-maligned FBI supervisor Peter Strzok — the alleged kingpin of the 'treasonous' plot to stop Trump — tell anyone? He was one of the very few people who knew what we were investigating," he noted.
It is widely believed that if information on the Trump Hotel Moscow project or other Russian ties had been made public before the election, Trump may not have narrowly won.
"But wait, the conspiracy idea gets dumber. On Oct. 28, after agonizing deliberation over two terrible options, I concluded I had no choice but to inform Congress that we had reopened the Clinton email investigation. I judged that hiding that fact — after having told Congress repeatedly and under oath that the case was finished — it would be worse than telling Congress the truth. It was a decision William Barr praised and Hillary Clinton blamed for her loss 11 days later," he noted.
"And there’s still more to the dumbness of the conspiracy allegation. At the center of the alleged FBI “corruption” we hear so much about the conclusion that Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lied to internal investigators about a disclosure to the press in late October 2016. McCabe was fired over it. And what was that disclosure? Some stop-Trump election-eve screed? No. McCabe authorized a disclosure that revealed the FBI was actively investigating the Clinton Foundation, a disclosure that was harmful to Clinton," he continued.
"There was no corruption. There was no treason. There was no attempted coup. Those are lies, and dumb lies at that," he added.
Read the full column.