John Solomon: Comey Under Scrutiny on Handling of Classified Information

“WE’RE GOING TO SEE JUST HOW BAD THE COMEY FBI WAS”

by Sharon Rondeau

(Apr. 15, 2019) — On Monday night’s “Hannity,” John Solomon of “The Hill” reported that one aspect of a report which DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is preparing focuses on former FBI Director James Comey’s handling of classified government information while he headed the agency and possibly afterward.

During a segment on which he appeared with investigative reporter Sara A. Carter and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC11), Solomon observed the “irony” behind Horowitz’s current probe given that Comey in 2016 declined to recommend to the DOJ then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for criminal investigation for her mishandling of classified information over a non-secure, unapproved private email server while she acted as Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

On July 5, 2016, Comey gave an unprecedented solo press conference during which he enumerated a litany of transgressions Clinton committed by using the private server but maintained that “No reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.” Reportedly, Clinton aides Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson and Bryan Pagliano were given immunity agreements and/or not prosecuted even after it was found they or their associates intentionally destroyed devices and electronic evidence as to the content of Clinton’s private server.

“We’re going to see just how bad the Comey FBI was,” Solomon told Hannity in a prediction of the information which might appear in the next Horowitz report.

In June of last year, Horowitz released a 568-page report critical of Comey, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Counterintelligence Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and his paramour, then-FBI counsel to the deputy director Lisa Page.  Horwitz maintained that in announcing the FBI’s decision not to recommend Clinton for criminal investigation, he usurped the authority of the Justice Department and engaged in “insubordination.”

On Thursday, Comey appeared taken aback in response to Attorney General Williams Barr’s testimony to a Senate panel that “spying did occur” on the 2016 Trump campaign.  On January 19/20, 2017, The New York Times, to which Comey later indirectly leaked one of his memos recording an interaction with President Trump in February 2017, reported that the FBI was conducting “investigations” into Trump and his associates based on “wiretapped communications.

It is well-established that the FBI and DOJ obtained warrants to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page beginning in October 2016 and ending in September 2017, well after Trump had taken office.  The main evidence presented to the FISA court for the warrants was the Christopher Steele-authored “dossier” which Comey had told Trump was not only unverified, but also “salacious” in February 2017.

“I think a lot of people are in jeopardy,” Solomon responded to Hannity’s final question as to who might be indicted as a result of the Horowitz report, which is expected in May or June, according to Attorney General William Barr last week.

Solomon and Carter, who both previously worked for Circa News, were the first to begin exposing the Trump-Russia “collusion” as a narrative not supported by intelligence and perpetrated for political reasons.  In a radio interview approximately two months ago, Solomon told interviewers David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, both Trump supporters and former aides, that after an initial interview with Hannity in March 2017 on the topic, two federal agents appeared at his home and confirmed that the U.S. intelligence community had been used for political purposes in 2016.

In transcripts released over the last two weeks by House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA4), former FBI General Counsel James Baker, who reported directly to Comey, admitted that a group of FBI and DOJ “executives” were seeking ways to prove an “obstruction” allegation against Trump in the wake of his firing of Comey on May 9, 2017.  Methods considered at the time, Baker said, were the possibility of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “wearing a wire” when meeting with Trump in the Oval Office, enlisting a number of cabinet members to agree that Trump was unable to serve under the provisions of the 25th Amendment; and launching additional investigations against Trump, to include “obstruction of justice.”

After a 22-month investigation inherited from the FBI, Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded in a report completed last month that no one within the Trump campaign improperly collaborated with Russians to win the election.  Regarding “obstruction,” Mueller did not reach a conclusion, choosing instead to leave that determination up to Barr and Rosenstein.

Eight days after Comey was fired, Rosenstein hired Mueller to act as special counsel even though Mueller had interviewed with Trump for the open director’s job the day before.  During the probe, Trump alleged various undisclosed conflicts of interest on Mueller’s part ad decried his hiring of a bevy of left-leaning prosecutors who had made considerable donations over the years to Democrats.

Rosenstein was expected to leave the Justice Department in mid-March but has remained at his post, apparently to assist in reviewing the Mueller report for its release to Congress and the public, now expected to occur on Thursday.

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