Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova discussed the Trump-Russia investigation and the character of former FBI Director James Comey on Monday’s edition of Tucker Carlson Tonight.
“I think the FBI is in very serious trouble,” DiGenova told Tucker Carlson. “It started with James Comey. Comey, the dirtiest cop in America, destroyed the FBI’s reputation with his bizarre personal behavior, beginning way before his July 5th news conference. The bureau is in trouble. It needs a major overhaul, and if it continues to resist Congress, I believe the contempt of Congress for the current director and other people in the agency is absolutely justified.”
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS: Joe diGenova is a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia and he joins us tonight. Joe, given the centrality of Peter Strzok in these two investigations, Hillary e-mail and the current Trump-Russia investigations, on what pretext could the FBI be denying these texts to Congress?
JOE DIGENOVA, FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY FOR DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: It’s very difficult to see how they have any basis for denying Congress access to this data. They publicly leaked the reason that he was fired, removed from the case. So there can’t be a personnel reason for doing it.
DIGENOVA: And even if there were, it wouldn’t matter. Congress has a right to that data. They can receive it, they have to receive it. I think what’s going on at the bureau right now is very, very serious. It’s very depressing for a former several law enforcement official. This is not your mother’s FBI.
What’s wrong with the FBI is not the average every day agent. They’re great. It’s the management at the FBI that is the problem and that management has not improved with the arrival of Mr. Wray. I cannot understand how Chris Wray, the current FBI director can tolerate having Andrew McCabe on his staff at this point given his history and his track record.
I think the FBI is in very serious trouble. It started with James Comey. Comey, the dirtiest cop in America, destroyed the FBI’s reputation with his bizarre personal behavior, beginning way before his July 5th news conference. The bureau is in trouble. It needs a major overhaul, and if it continues to resist Congress, I believe the contempt of Congress for the current director and other people in the agency is absolutely justified.
CARLSON: This is the most powerful agency of the Federal Government, they can literally take the break the front door of your house and take your freedom away if they do that quite a bit.
DIGENOVA: Or show up at your house in the morning why you and your wife were in bed in order to frighten you like they did with Mr. Manafort. What a disgusting awful display of raw political power. Not law enforcement power, political power. I think the bureau has been politicized by Comey. I don’t what Wray is going to do about it but he has a short time frame to fix it.
CARLSON: Is it conceivable, this was reported this afternoon, we haven’t confirmed it, that General Flynn at the White House in January, newly installed national security advisor, meets with the FBI, talk to them, they don’t tell him this is a formal interview and it’s on the basis of that that he is charged and pleads to perjury.
DIGENOVA: It was Andrew McCabe who sent those agents there, by the way. The man who’s —
CARLSON: But can you do that that?
DIGENOVA: Yes. You actually can. But here’s what’s disturbing about it. It’s technically OK to do that, but you have to ask yourself, given the history of everybody involved in that case, who were involved in the Hillary e-mail server case where they conducted a totally irresponsible, unprofessional criminal investigation and then they turn up the heat on this investigation of Flynn, the same agency. This is politics. The bureau has been politicized. You compare the e-mail server investigation of Hillary Clinton with the investigation of General Flynn and President Trump’s aides and what you have is a despicable politicalization of the bureau. They can no longer insist that they are fair and what they’re doing.
CARLSON: Well, it’s the same charge. I mean the same guy, Peter Strzok, apparently let former secretary of state off the hook for lying and then pushed the indictment on felony charges of the national security advisor for lying. So how is that?
DIGENOVA: Mr. Strzok has been hopelessly compromised since he expressed his political views to his paramore, with whom he was — another FBI official that he was having a sexual relationship with. Strzok is no longer credible inside the bureau. That’s why he is now in the human resources department.
CARLSON: Right. Just shakes the face of every American.
DIGENOVA: And it showed. …read more