Comey admits 'real sloppiness' in FBI Russia warrant request

Comey admits 'real sloppiness' in FBI Russia warrant request

Former FBI Director James Comey admitted fault following last week's Justice Department Inspector General's report that detailed at least 17 serious errors during the launch of the agency's investigation into Trump's campaign.

Trump's firing of Comey early in his administration raised the ire of critics and prompted the hiring of special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russia's election meddling campaign and potential Trump campaign collusion.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Comey about his claims that he had "total confidence" in the FBI's handling of FISA warrants.

In 2018, Comey claimed that he had "total confidence that the FISA process was followed and that the entire case was handled in a thoughtful, responsible way by DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation". In the report, the inspector general said there was no documentary or testimonials implying that the investigation was started due to political bias. "I was overconfident in those because he's right, there was real sloppiness", Comey said.

An internal Justice Department investigation will also analyze the FBI's probe to determine whether its conduct was appropriate.

The other topic dominant in this week's cartoons is the release of an investigation into the origins of the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians, which led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

In the Fox interview, Comey downplayed the role that former British spy Christopher Steele's unverified information played in the FISA process.

It was during an NBC News interview that aired Tuesday where Barr said, "These irregularities, these misstatements, these omissions were not satisfactorily explained, and I think that leaves open the possibility to infer bad faith".

Republicans argue department officials conspired against Donald Trump as they started an investigation into Trump's ties to Russian Federation and cleared Democrat Hillary Clinton in a separate probe of her email use. "He found mistakes and negligence and oversight", Comey said.

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