Former FBI Agent Weighs In On Comey’s Testimony

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A retired FBI Special Agent reacts to the Former FBI Director James Comey testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Commitee.

On the stand for three hours on a wide range of topics, from his firing to the Russia investigation, Comey says the President smeared his name after firing him.

“The Administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI,” said Comey. “By saying that the organization was in disarray, that it was poorly led, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader. Those were lies, plain and simple.”

After firing Comey, President Trump said the former FBI head was not doing a good job and lost his confidence in him. Retired FBI Special Agent and former Illinois State Representative Jim Sacia says the decision surprised him.

“It shocked me,” said Sacia. “I did not see it coming. It was a total blindsiding.”

In Wednesday’s release of Comey’s statement, he states that he confirmed with Trump three different times that he was not under investigation for alleged connections with the Russians during the 2016 election. But, Comey never said it publicly. Sacia believes that’s a key reason Comey was fired.

“At no time did Comey ever go public and state that ‘there is no FBI investigation about you, Mr. President,'” said Sacia.

Comey said he met with the President a total of nine times and that he documented all of their conversations. He was afraid the President would later lie about them. During one of their meetings, Comey felt Trump asked him to end the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. According to Comey’s testimony, Trump told him ‘Hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.’ It’s the President of the United States with me alone saying ‘I hope this’, I took it as this is what he wants me to do. I didn’t obey that, but that’s the way I took it.”

Sacia says it seems to him this meeting was the one that bothered Comey the most, but that he finds it interesting that he would take the President’s comments in that manner.

“Director Comey stated this morning in testimony that he perceived that as a directive. I perceive it quite differently. I can see being in a position of authority saying to someone words to the effect ‘I hope you’re on my team.'”

The former FBI Agent says after watching the testimony he has come to a conclusion on Comey and the Bureau.

“I do believe that he is tremendously honest. I believe that the FBI continues to function today as the finest law enforcement agency not only in the United States but in the world.”

Following Comey’s testimony, President Trump’s lawyer issued a statement saying the president feels vindicated, now that its been established that he did not try to stop the Russian investigation. According to the lawyer, Trump is eager to move forward with the business of running a country.

 

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