Speaking on Fox News with host Laura Ingraham on Thursday night after the release of the Inspector General’s report detailing the actions of former FBI director James Comey, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani bluntly stated not only that Comey should be prosecuted, but that he was “going to extort the President of the United States.”
Ingraham began by asking, “What is your personal takeaway from this report, which is exceedingly detailed, and unlike the Special Counsel’s report, exceptionally well-written?”
Well, I think this report, forget whether it’s a crime or not, sort of details the worst director in the history of the FBI … Take Jay Edgar Hoover, put him aside, whatever he did, this guy, he broke every rule. If you look at the Horowitz report, he broke every rule of the FBI. Now, I think he should be prosecuted. If you don’t think he should be prosecuted, okay. But for him to say I didn’t leak. The report demonstrates that he leaked. He’s completely lying today. “I didn’t lie”? The report demonstrates he lied. It just — they’re giving him a break. They’re basically saying, “Oh, you know, we shouldn’t prosecute, not enough evidence.” But he lied; he leaked; he’s a disreputable head of the FBI. He’s a disgrace to the FBI. He used it for political purposes, the report demonstrates all of that.
Ingraham pointed out, “(Former CIA director James) Clapper was on CNN tonight; they didn’t even ask him a question about it. Not one question.”
Giuliani quipped, “I’m not sure Clapper even knows where he is. (Former CIA director John) Brennan is the brains; Clapper is the idiot. If you want me to guess who orchestrated this, Clapper’s not capable of it.” He added slyly, “I won’t tell you who I think did.”
Ingraham played a clip of Comey offering his explanation for briefing President Trump on the Steele dossier, in which Comey stated, “It was important for me to assure him that we were not personally investigating him … I didn’t want him thinking that I was briefing him on this to sort of hang it over him in some way … I was briefing him on it because we had been told by the media it was about the launch, we don’t want to be keeping that from him … and I was very keen not to be leaving him with the impression that the bureau was trying to do something to him…”
Ingraham quoted the Inspector General’s report stating, “Witnesses interviewed by the OIG (office of the Inspector General) also said that they discussed Trump’s potential responses to being told about the ‘salacious information’ including that Trump might make statements about, or provide information of value to, the pending Russian interference investigation.” She asked, “Rudy, is this evidence that Comey and FBI officials were trying to undermine Trump from the very beginning, that there was a conspiracy inside that department to set him up at that first meeting?”
100%. Number one, it was a clear entrapment. 100% clear entrapment by Comey, who, despite his moral problems, is a very smart guy. Unlike Mueller, who is lacking intellect, this guy’s very smart. He was trying to trap him, like he trapped (Former national security advisor Michael) Flynn. Trying to trap him. “You’re not a target; it’s okay; I have the thing in my bag, but I wasn’t going to tell you, I’m going to indict you.” Horrible thing to do; any reputable prosecutor would be disgraced by that. So he was going to trap the president, and it’s completely disingenuous for him to make these statements now.
Who knows what the liberal media is going to do with this, but this guy is completely disgraced in the eyes of any FBI agent. They realize this is worse than anything J. Edgar Hoover ever did. When he walked in, when the president was president-elect, and faced him with that, he was trying to tell him, “I have something, I have something on you so you better keep me in office.” And he even realized he was going to do it; there are other statements that made it clear that he realized he was going to extort the president of the United States.