This week on the Sunday news shows: former FBI director James Comey said he was wrong about the FBI’s handling of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant, Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Eliana Johnson outlined the case against impeaching President Donald Trump, House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler (D., N.Y.) claimed Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s (N.J.) plan to switch parties is merely a reaction to his election chances, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) said the Republican party is synonymous with hate speech.
Comey: I Was Wrong
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Former FBI director James Comey on Sunday said he was wrong about the FBI’s handling of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to investigate former Trump campaign official Carter Page.
“He’s right, I was wrong,” Comey said, referring to Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s finding that the FBI made at least 17 “errors or omissions” in obtaining the warrant.
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Comey about his claims that he had “total confidence” in the FBI’s handling of FISA warrants.
“I was overconfident in the procedures that the FBI and Justice have built over 20 years,” Comey said. “I thought they were robust enough. It’s incredibly hard to get a FISA. I was overconfident in those because he’s right, there was real sloppiness. 17 things that either should have been in the application or at least discussed and characterized differently. It was not acceptable. So he’s right, I was wrong.”
WFB Editor in Chief Makes the Case Against Impeachment
Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Eliana Johnson on Sunday outlined the case against impeaching President Donald Trump.
“The American people voted, and they should have the final say on whether President Trump is reelected,” Johnson said during CBS Sunday Morning‘s “Point, Counterpoint” segment. “The Democrats say the president tried to undermine the election process. But they have worked to delegitimize this president since before he was sworn into office.”
Nadler on Party-Switching Dem: He’s Reacting to Polls
“What he’s reacting to is the public polling that shows he can’t get renominated,” Nadler said on ABC’s This Week. “His electorate in his district is 24 percent to renominate him and 60 percent to nominate somebody else.”
Van Drew, a freshman congressman from a pro-Trump district, has been vocally critical of his fellow Democrats’ push to impeach President Donald Trump. He recently announced that he opposes both articles of impeachment issued by Nadler’s judiciary committee.
Anti-Semitic Dem Rep Says GOP Is ‘Synonymous’ With Hate Speech
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) on Sunday said the Republican party is “synonymous” with hate speech, but failed to acknowledge her own anti-Semitic comments.
“Hate, sinful, bigot [sic] rhetoric is very dangerous, and it’s becoming synonymous with the Republican party,” Omar said during an appearance on MSNBC’s AM Joy.
Omar herself, a rising star in the Democratic Party, has been repeatedly accused of peddling anti-Semitic tropes against Jews, but has also been the victim of death threats, which she accused the GOP of whitewashing.
Omar has yet to acknowledge the recent mass shooting at a kosher supermarket in New Jersey, which left six dead, including the two assailants and one police officer. She also appeared to oppose President Donald Trump’s executive order designed to combat rising rates of anti-Semitic violence and harassment, retweeting several statements opposing the executive order, including one that said Trump is “using Jews and Judaism as a shield to go after Palestinians and anti-authoritarian professors and student activists.”