Comey’s FBI made 9 false statements and 51 omissions to the FISA court; he thinks report praises him

This is James Comey’s take on the FISA report, which he clearly has not read (though that was sort of the point of the report – Comey was not reading anything he signed off on):

So it was all lies. No treason. No spying on the campaign. No tapping Trumps wires. It was just good people trying to protect America. https://t.co/9nurCaIBq2— James Comey (@Comey) December 9, 2019

So far, that comment has been retweeted and favorited by tens of thousands of deeply ignorant political observers (and I can tell you how they vote).

If reading the whole report is too much trouble for folks like Comey or journalists or concerned citizens, the Inspector General provides a handy table in Appendix 1 of the report.

It lists every claim made in the various Carter Page FISA applications, with columns titled “no supporting documentation,” “supporting documentation does not state this fact” (i.e. the claim being made in the report is objectively false), and “supporting documentation shows that the factual assertion is inaccurate” (i.e. the FBI was providing documentation to the court that directly refuted its own claims, which honestly makes you wonder what these judges’ staffers even do). These are items that are required by law to be provided to the court and are required to be accurate.

If you tally up the checks in these columns, Comey’s FBI made 9 false statements and omitted 51 material facts (exculpatory or contradictory information that the FBI has obtained that undermines its claims) to the FISA court. So there was a lot of lying going on here, but it was Comey doing it, to the FISA court and to the American public. He’s been running around portraying this grand conspiracy that his own people had known literally for years was not true. He’s been getting people who can’t be bothered to examine primary sources and think critically about what they are reading all lathered up. Future historians are going to have a lot of fun with this man.

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