Former FBI Director James Comey continued to prove why he no longer has a job, by claiming Sunday that “FBI families will spend Christmas without a paycheck.”
He then attacked President Donald Trump over the border wall and sent “thoughts” to public servants.
“This president promised Mexico would pay for the wall but innocent people are now paying the price for another lie. Our thoughts are with hardworking public servants and their families,” Comey tweeted.
Comey is, of course, absolutely wrong about the state of pay for FBI agents, as attorney and Federalist contributor Gabriel Malo pointed out.
“Per OMB guidance, checks for Pay Period 26 (December 9-22) will be processed as usual. Which means federal employees will get their normal direct deposit between December 28 and January 3,” Malor tweeted in response to Comey. “It’s the paychecks *after* that, starting with Pay Period 1, that are stopped.”
The agents will receive their pay because that’s how payroll works. The money for December 9-21 salaries was already appropriated by the government, as Malor notes in a follow-up tweet, so the agents will receive pay for that pay period, which they will receive between December 28 and January 3.
The new pay period started on Sunday, and won’t be paid until January 11. If the government is still “shut down” at that time, the agent’s paychecks will be delayed, but they will get paid when Congress comes to an agreement on a budget. I put “shut down” in quotes because the government isn’t actually shut down. Essential employees are still working, and taxes are still being taken out of your paycheck.
“It’s like Democrats have suddenly forgotten how payroll works. You get paid for that LAST pay period’s work, folks,” Malor tweeted.
Malor also understood that many people might not accept his word, so he helpfully provided a link to the Office of Management and Budget’s website.
“And you don’t have to take my word for it, you can go look at OMB’s shutdown guidance for yourself,” he tweeted.
Comey, you may recall, was the FBI Director during the last government shutdown, in 2013. Comey was appointed to the position by President Barack Obama, and began working on Septembr 4, 2013. The government shutdown that year began on October 1 and lasted until October 17. Comey knows full well how paychecks work during a shutdown, since he was employed by the government during the last one.