In a column for the Daily Mail, Piers Morgan eviscerated former FBI Director James Comey in the wake of the inspector general’s report.
Piers Morgan began the piece with an anecdote about a goalie for a soccer team who celebrated during a shootout when the ball hit the top post. When the ball hit the ground, it spun backward, falling into the goal as the goalie celebrated.
“The moral of this tale is that unless you’re absolutely 100% certain you’ve won something, it’s best not to hold a victory lap,” Morgan wrote in the Tuesday piece. “Former FBI Director James Comey doesn’t seem to have got that memo.”
“Within hours of Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s long-awaited report into the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia collusion investigation, Comey had an op-ed published in today’s Washington Post,” he continued.
“So it was all lies,” the former FBI director said. “No treason. No spying on the campaign. No tapping Trumps wires. It was just good people trying to protect America.”
So it was all lies. No treason. No spying on the campaign. No tapping Trumps wires. It was just good people trying to protect America. https://t.co/9nurCaIBq2
— James Comey (@Comey) December 9, 2019
This, Morgan said, shouldn’t have been the takeaway.
“Mr Comey’s never been shy in wrapping himself in a Superman cloak — the fearless super-powered good guy standing up to all the baddies like President Trump,” he wrote.
“Yet rather like the … goalkeeper, it didn’t take long for Comey’s vainglorious victory lap to rebound rather badly in his prematurely smug face.”
This included “a staggering 17 ‘significant inaccuracies and omissions’ in the four applications, which were made due to the FBI’s flawed belief that Page had been ‘collaborating and conspiring’ with the Russian government.”
Then there was the Steele dossier, a document that played a major part in the FISA warrant.
Comey said the dossier was “salacious and unverified,” Morgan noted. Yet, it still ended up forming a “central and essential role” in the decision to pursue Page.
Piers Morgan also cited NBC’s Pete Williams, a journalist who certainly doesn’t fall under the category of Republican apologist.
“What [the report] says is the FBI basically repeatedly screwed up at every level,” Williams said, noting that the bureau was guilty of “failing to pay enough attention to potential problems with Steele and failing to tell the Justice Department.”
Piers Morgan was unsurprisingly unimpressed writing “That’s not something to be doing a victory lap over.”