Louisiana Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) tore into former FBI Director James Comey for his recent comments regarding Attorney General William Barr’s belief that “spying did occur” against President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
During a Wednesday interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Kennedy — the junior senator from Louisiana who left the Democratic Party to join the Republicans in 2007 — was asked for his thoughts on Comey’s comments to CBS from the same day.
As IJR Blue previously reported, the former FBI director responded to Barr’s claim of “spying” by saying that “the FBI doesn’t spy, the FBI investigates” and telling Republicans to “breathe into a paper bag.”
In response, Kennedy blasted Comey for “never” having been “a law enforcement professional” and, instead, labeled him as “just a hack politician.”
“I think it’s clear to most Americans that Mr. Comey is not and never was a law enforcement professional. He’s just a hack politician. It doesn’t give me any joy to say that.”
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“I think he’s worried — and he should be — that Mr. Barr and the inspector general are going to look further into the genesis of the investigation of the Trump campaign and the investigation of the Clinton campaign,” continued Kennedy. “And I think they’re going to find that all roads lead to Mr. Comey.”
The Louisiana senator continued on to eviscerate Comey, proclaiming that the FBI’s “reputation” as the “premier” law enforcement agency had been “tarnish[ed]” by the former director.
“Why he did what he did, I don’t know, but it is breathtaking to the extent that he has hurt the FBI, which is the premier law enforcement agency in all of human history. In which we need to work hard on getting their reputation back thanks to Mr. Comey’s tarnishing of that agency.”
Kennedy continued on in the interview to say that Comey “hurt a lot of people” when “[he] and others put their thumbs on the scale” during the 2016 election because he “didn’t think the American people in 2016 were smart enough to pick a president.”
Kennedy’s comments come the same day as the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing to vote on whether Barr will be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over the unredacted Mueller report and its underlying materials.
As IJR News noted, the White House claimed executive privilege over the redacted contents of Mueller’s report in a move to block the report from being delivered to Congress.