Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer attacked former FBI Director James Comey on Thursday evening, saying that “in a town full of grandstanders, Comey is one of the biggest.”
Fleischer, who served under George W. Bush, appeared on the “Ingraham Angle” on Fox News Thursday evening to discuss the upcoming release of Comey’s memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” and the media frenzy surrounding it, and he made it clear that he was not impressed by Comey’s judgment. He framed Comey’s behavior, both as FBI Director and since leaving the Justice Department, as a warning for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Bob Mueller is not James Comey. What James Comey shows is that prosecutors who have bad judgment will make mistakes, and not everybody is perfect at the DOJ or the FBI.
That’s an interesting and important reminder for Bob Mueller, as he goes forward, but what we know about James Comey … is that the things he did before the election were wrong, and that goes back to the Bush administration too.
Fleischer then recalled one instance when Comey had “created this whole drama” about himself when it wasn’t necessary. “It was a program that the FBI had previously approved, the Justice Department previously approved, and then James Comey had this dramatic moment at a hospital to reverse everything the Justice Department previously did. In a town of grandstanders, he’s one of the biggest, often against good judgment.”
.@AriFleischer: “Bob Mueller is not James Comey. What James Comey shows is that prosecutors who have bad judgement will make mistakes and not everybody is perfect at the DOJ or the FBI.” @IngrahamAngle pic.twitter.com/bJlnnZnluw
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 13, 2018
Fleischer also attacked Comey’s judgment in a tweet just prior to the appearance, suggesting that if Comey believed President Donald Trump to be all the vile things he calls him in his upcoming book, he showed poor judgment in continuing to work for him.
Comey describes Trump as a “congenital liar and unethical leader, devoid of human emotion and driven by personal ego.”
Then why did he work for Trump? If that’s what Comey thought, the honorable action would be to resign. I’m on @IngrahamAngle tonight talking about it.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) April 13, 2018