In an interview with “Rising,” a new TV show from The Hill, Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke about the then-upcoming Inspector General report on the Hillary Clinton investigation, defended his decision to terminate James Comey and Andrew McCabe, and suggested that, depending on the contents of the report, he might have to fire a few other officials for their role in tarnishing justice.
Sessions told host Buck Sexton that Comey had “made a big mistake” in his handling of the Clinton email investigation by committing a “serious breach of discipline.” He said that he was open to firing more FBI and Justice Department officials if the revelations made by IG Michael Horowitz call for it.
“I think it will be a lengthy report and a careful report,” Sessions said. “I think it will help us better fix any problems that we have and reassure the American people that some of the concerns that have been raised are not true. If anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so.”
In the days before the report was publicly released, advanced accounts of the Inspector General’s investigation revealed that Horowitz found Comey’s actions in 2016 to be nothing short of “insubordinate” to his superiors in the Justice Department. By going out on a solo mission in front of the cameras to declare Hillary Clinton free from prosecution and by, again, informing Congress that he was re-opening the case in October before the election, Comey was a man on his own authority. This tracks with the reasons Rod Rosenstein outlined in his memo to President Trump, which preceded Comey’s firing last year.
“It was the right thing to do,” Sessions said of Comey’s termination. “The facts were pretty clear on it. He made a big mistake and he testified only a few weeks before that termination that he would do it again [by which he means, sending the letter to Congress in October] if he had the opportunity. So we felt like there was a serious breach of discipline within the department if we allowed him to continue.”
The report had not been released as of this writing, so we won’t speculate on what it might or might not contain. We will say, however, that we’ve got an uneasy feeling about the direction this is headed. From Sessions’ remarks (and from earlier news reports), we’re almost expecting a report that justifies all of the whining Democrats have been doing about Comey costing Hillary Clinton the election. That may prove satisfying for those who want to see Comey take a beating for any reason under the sun, but it doesn’t really address what we view as the true travesties that took place in this investigation – the greatest of which was Hillary getting away with an undisputed federal crime.