Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has reacted to the new James Comey book – and he’s not holding back. The former FBI Director has gone on a speaking tour to bash President Trump in his efforts to sell books. Gingrich has responded with pointed criticism in his call for more revelations to be forthcoming from the Justice Department and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Gingrich discredits many of Comey’s claims.
Gingrich told Fox News, “My first reaction to fired FBI Director James Comey’s new book, A Higher Loyalty, is to demand that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein release the still-secret Comey memorandums describing his conversations with Donald Trump as president-elect and president. After seeing hundreds of pages of Comey’s self-serving version of reality, the American people deserve to see what he actually wrote at the time of these conversations.”
The former Speaker suspects “the memos will undermine a lot of Comey’s case.”
Gingrich identifies two striking things about the book.
First, the now-fawning Democratic leaders were Comey’s worst critics just over a year ago. The Republican National Committee has compiled a video showing the comments of leading Democrats and their harsh criticisms of the former Director. From Nancy Pelosi to Chuck Schumer, virtually every leading Democrat called for Comey to be fired in the months leading up to the 2016 election.
Then, the Speaker says, “miraculously, after President Trump fired him and Comey began to attack his former boss – Democrats suddenly considered Comey to be a saintly, loyal public servant.”
Second, the book is a perfect example of an angry, fired employee ranting against his former boss. Gingrich says, “Anyone who has had to fire someone who was convinced they were right and you were wrong can appreciate the intensity of Comey’s anger. That intensity and bitterness flow throughout the book.”
Gingrich concludes, “Comey is a man who lied to Congress about never having leaked documents and then admitted a few weeks later that he had given documents to a college professor friend, specifically so this professor could pass the information to the media – in this case, the New York Times. Comey told Congress he did this so the media could demand a new independent counsel, who Comey was sure would be Robert Mueller.”
The Speaker is on target in his analysis. We now know that Comey took a discredited dossier written by Christopher Steele to Donald Trump and was surprised that Trump was shaken by some of the viciously dishonest things written about him in it. Comey also had used this phony document to get a FISA warrant to eavesdrop on Americans involved in the Trump campaign.
Gingrich is right when he says, “Sadly, Comey has tarnished the FBI and set a terrible precedent for future directors. After this, if you were president, would you confide in an official who could end up writing a vicious version of your conversations a year later? Comey will go down in history as the most discredited Director of the FBI we have ever had. Remember that when you watch the endless interviews conducted by the fawning left-wing media outlets.”