Former FBI Director James Comey finally admitted that former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page made the agency “look bad.”
Strzok and Page were both employees of the FBI that were involved in the early investigations of Hillary Clinton. The two were also having an affair which forced them to use their FBI issued phones to speak with one another, instead of their personal devices.
In their texts and emails, the two made their distaste for President Donald Trump blatant. They agreed that they would “stop” Trump from being elected and referred to the investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign as an “insurance policy” in case he won the election.
Since these messages became public, Republicans have pointed to the obvious hatred of President Trump as evidence of an underlying attempt by some in the intelligence community to undermine the president.
During an interview on CNN with host Anderson Cooper, Comey finally admitted that the messages sent by Strzok and Page made the agency “look bad.”
Cooper: Do you acknowledge that this whole episode with Strzok and Page, that it damaged the reputation of the FBI and perhaps tarnished the investigation?
Comey: Definitely. Yeah, very painful. It was important that it be investigated and important that there be discipline that follows it, but, yeah, it made us all look bad. Peter Strzok is a very talented agent. It’s a personal tragedy for him, but as much as I care about individuals, I care about the institution more. It hurt the institution.
While this is the first time that Comey has admitted that the agency looked bad following the revelation of Strzok and Page’s texts, he still stands by his investigation into Clinton — an investigation many Republicans have doubted.
As IJR previously reported, Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has made it clear that he intends to bring Comey in for questioning. Attorney General William Barr signaled his intent to look at the origins of the investigation into President Trump’s campaign, as well.