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James Comey Rips ‘Small’ Trump And GOP Allies For Trying To ‘Tear Down’ The FBI

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James Comey Rips ‘Small’ Trump And GOP Allies For Trying To ‘Tear Down’ The FBI

Hours after it was announced that FBI Deputy director Andrew McCabe would be stepping down from his post at the law enforcement agency, former FBI director James Comey issued a blistering statement praising McCabe for “standing tall” and blasting “small people” —Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress— for trying to “tear down” the FBI.

“Special Agent Andrew McCabe stood tall over the last 8 months, when small people were trying to tear down an institution we all depend on,” Comey wrote on Twitter on Monday night in response to the surprising early departure of the agency’s deputy director.

“He served with distinction for two decades. I wish Andy well. I also wish continued strength for the rest of the FBI. America needs you,” he added.

McCabe’s decision to leave before his planned retirement comes after months of withering criticism from President Trump, telling friends he felt pressure from the head of the bureau to leave.

Comey’s words are certainly true. America needs the FBI to continue doing important work to keep the country safe. New Republican efforts to undercut that work puts American national security at risk. With Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation seemingly about to nail Trump for obstruction of justice, the president has become desperate.

So, too, have Trump’s GOP enablers in Congress, who today decided to release a classified memo and open an investigation into the FBI and the Department of Justice with the sole purpose of hurting the credibility of the FBI and undermining the investigation into the president’s ties to Russia and any possible obstruction of justice.

This near-constitutional crisis the country finds itself in was largely caused by Comey’s own actions as FBI director during the 2016 election. After all, without the Oct. 28 letter, which turned out to be nothing but more meaningless email noise, there’s a good chance Hillary Clinton would be in the White House today.

It’s heartening that Comey is on the right side of history now. He is right to speak out against this dangerous president and his enablers in Congress. The work of the FBI and the intelligence community more broadly is vital.

This isn’t the first time Comey has weighed in on news related to the agency. After Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty in December to lying to the FBI about conversations with Russia’s ambassador, Comey posted an Instagram picture of a stream accompanied by a caption that included a Bible verse, “‘But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream’ Amos 5:24.”

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