President Trump’s former personal attorney John M. Dowd told Fox News that the Justice Department watchdog’s report on the FBI’s actions in the Clinton email investigation wasn’t nearly tough enough on fired FBI Director James Comey.
In the report released Thursday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz called Comey “insubordinate” and deviating from “well-established department policies.”
Dowd told Fox News in an email, “The clear evidence of his usurpation of power, violation of his oath of office and material false statements to the public and the Congress all to conceal his own misconduct warranted a criminal referral of Comey’s conduct. The finding of no bias was ludicrous. The OIG findings support the President’s decision to fire Comey.”
He also told Fox News that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Special Counsel Robert Mueller “allowed their relationship with Comey over the years [to] blind them to his obvious appalling behavior. I was shocked that Mueller chose not to investigate the President’s accuser before investigating the President, who you will recall was ‘not under investigation’ according to the sworn testimony of Comey. As a result, the authenticity and legality of the Mueller investigation is in serious question and should no longer be honored.”
Trump himself told Fox News’ Steve Doocy on “Fox & Friends,” “I think Comey was the ringleader of this whole den of thieves.”
Letters newly obtained by Fox News, which were written in the summer and fall of 2017, revealed Dowd and another Trump attorney, Marc Kasowitz, had deep reservations about Comey’s credibility as the main witness, called Witness #1, in the ongoing Russia collusion probe that started shortly after Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017.
In a blistering 13-page letter hand-delivered to Mueller on June 27, Kasowitz elaborated his concerns about Comey, whom he called “Machiavellian,” after the former FBI director testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Kasowitz wrote Comey was an “FBI director unbounded by law and regulation, driven by his own interests and emotions, willing to provide embellished and incorrect testimony…”
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