Conservative writer David Limbaugh has changed his mind when it comes to former FBI Director James Comey, describing his recent behavior as "disgraceful," in CNSNews on Friday.
"I originally assumed that former FBI Director James Comey is an honorable and truthful man who was striving to be objective and avoid undue political influence," Limbaugh, the brother of talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, wrote on Friday. "He has earned my change of mind."
Limbaugh writes that Comey’s main fault in leading the FBI was "trying to be all things to all people," and notes that "instead of pleasing everyone, he alienated most," with his handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server standing out in particular.
"He couldn't have laid out a better case for gross negligence and even willful criminal behavior, yet he chose to characterize her actions as noncriminal," Limbaugh writes. "If this weren't bad enough, we later learned that he drafted a statement clearing Clinton of charges two months before the FBI interviewed her in its probe."
Limbaugh describes Comey’s decision to release a tell-all book shortly after his firing as "abominable," because "it has gravely diminished him and the FBI, and it has contradicted his claim that he is concerned with protecting the image and integrity of the bureau."
He notes that Comey has repeatedly made "inappropriate" statements in his book, on Twitter, and in interviews since his firing.
"Comey's conduct in this affair has been disgraceful. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded that he made ‘serious mistakes,’ that he won't admit his mistakes and that both Democrats and Republicans called for his termination," Limbaugh writes.
"Former attorneys general, judges and lead prosecutors believe that Comey violated his duty to preserve, protect and defend the FBI. He violated Justice Department policies and tradition. And he leaked four memos, at least one of which was classified, to a friend for publication instead of turning them over to investigators."
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