DOJ IG Michael Horowitz Shoots Down James Comey: ‘The Activities Don’t Vindicate Anybody Who Touched This’

(Getty Images, CSPAN)

Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
Font Size:

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz shot down James Comey’s claim that the IG report on FISA abuses vindicates the former FBI director.

“I think the activities don’t vindicate anybody who touched this,” Horowitz told Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham while testifying Wednesday morning.

Graham then read a series of statements from Comey, in which the former FBI director called the notion that the FISA process was “abused” nonsense before asking Horowitz if he takes “issue” with Comey’s claim.

The inspector general answered that his investigation uncovered “significant problems.” (RELATED: Comey Claims To Be Vindicated By The IG Report — Rand Paul Has Other Thoughts)

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey arrives at the Rayburn House Office Building before testifying to the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees on Capitol Hill December 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. House Republicans subpoenaed Comey to testify behind closed doors for a second time about investigations into Hillary Clinton's email server and whether President Trump's campaign advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 17: Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

“So when Comey speaks about FISA, you shouldn’t listen,” Graham added. “You should listen to Mr. Horowitz. He’s not vindicated. And to be concerned about the FISA warrant process is not nonsense.”

During his opening statement Wednesday, Graham said he hoped Carter Page “sues the hell” out of the Justice Department.

Page, a former campaign staffer at the center of Horowitz’s investigation, has previously unsuccessfully sued the DOJ for improperly surveilling him. He floated the idea of future lawsuits Tuesday during an interview on MSNBC.