“There is a sense that Comey’s team was not checking the boxes, did not have adequate predication, and may have tasked sources before an investigation was even officially opened. Barr should pull case files and dig in on this,” writes former assistant director of intelligence for the FBI, Kevin R. Brock in The Hill.
In the op-ed, titled, “James Comey is in trouble and he knows it,” Brock outlines three main problems which Attorney General Barr should investigate:
- “The first will be whether the investigations into both presidential nominees and the Trump campaign were adequately, in Barr’s words, ‘predicated.’ This means he will examine whether there was sufficient justification under existing guidelines for the FBI to have started an investigation in the first place.The Mueller report’s conclusions make this a fair question for the counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign. Comey’s own pronouncement, that the Clinton email case was unprosecutable, makes it a fair question for that investigation.”
- “The second will be whether Comey’s team obeyed long-established investigative guidelines while conducting the investigations and, specifically, if there was sufficient, truthful justification to lawfully conduct electronic surveillance of an American citizen.”
- “The third will be an examination of whether Comey was unduly influenced by political agendas emanating from the previous White House and its director of national intelligence, CIA director and attorney general. This, above all, is what’s causing the 360-degree head spins.”
Brock also slammed Comey for his recent New York Times op-ed where he claimed President Trump “eats your soul in small bites.”
“He himself ate away at the soul of the FBI, not in small bites but in dangerously large ones,” writes Brock.
For the full op-ed, click HERE.