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Trump Threatens ‘Years In Jail’ For James Comey, Rips Obama Over IG Report

President Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to call for “years in jail” for James Comey, after the former FBI director said he was “wrong” about the bureau’s use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in the Russia investigation.

Comey’s remarks came during an interview on Fox News Sunday, where he discussed the recently released report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, about the origins of the 2016 investigation.

Horowitz testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, detailing 17 significant errors and omissions in the FISA process as the FBI was filing its application for the surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

“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.”

A few hours later, Trump seized on those comments and said the former director had been “caught red handed.”

“So now Comey’s admitting he was wrong,” the president wrote on Twitter. “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?”

Trump also went after Horowitz, who has served as inspector general since 2012 and attacked former President Barack Obama.

“As bad as the I.G. Report is for the FBI and others, and it is really bad, remember that I.G. Horowitz was appointed by Obama,” Trump tweeted. “There was tremendous bias and guilt exposed, so obvious, but Horowitz couldn’t get himself to say it. Big credibility loss. Obama knew everything!”

In the Fox News interview, Comey took responsibility for the role he played in the FISA missteps and said he was in sync with the approach of the bureau’s current director, Christopher Wray.

“I’m not sure he and I are saying different things,” Comey told Wallace. “What his report says is that the FBI thought it was a close call until they got the Steele report, put that additional information in and that tipped it over to be probable cause. It’s a long FISA application and includes Steele material and a lot of other things. I don’t think we’re saying different things.”

Here’s Trump’s response:


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