Given the green light by Attorney General Bill Barr, the FBI released last week a trove of documents that painted a damning picture of the bureau’s handling of its case against President Donald Trump’s former National Security adviser, Michael Flynn. Now, one former intelligence agent says it’s time for those at the top to be held accountable for what transpired under their watch.
According to the Washington Examiner, ex-CIA operative Bryan Dean Wright told Fox News on Saturday that people like former FBI chief James Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan should face prosecution, and if convicted, “the most extreme form of punishment” for their roles in the beginnings of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Trump–Russia collusion, which left several Trump allies, including Flynn, with charges.
“I’d love to see the death penalty,” Wright said on Fox & Friends Weekend, according to the Examiner. “And boy, oh boy, I’ll tell you, if I could flip the switch myself, I’d do it. Because these men are traitors.”
Crimes and partisan ploys
According to Politico, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in 2017, but he has since maintained his innocence as he awaits sentencing. Last week, new documents were released suggesting that “FBI agents had intentionally tried to catch Flynn in a lie as part of their effort to see him fired or prosecuted,” as the Conservative Institute previously reported. Now, officials like Wright want to see accountability.
Speaking with Fox, the former intelligence agent lamented the “horrific” fact that Comey’s FBI had been trying to create and exploit crimes for partisan purposes. “That, for me and I think for most people watching this program, is the horrifying part — [that] we have these unelected bureaucrats who have decided that they’re going to take out a member of the Trump administration,” Wright said, noting that it wasn’t just Flynn who was targeted.
He went on: “We have this very clear case of James Comey and a whole bunch of other folks on the senior level of the FBI trying to get people fired — not because the facts warranted it or the law called for it, but because of their own personal, partisan agendas.”
Offense and outrage
Asked for his opinion on what should happen to Comey and his ilk, Wright praised Attorney General Barr and U.S. Attorney John Durham for their work investigating the origins of Mueller’s probe and expressed his hope that those responsible will get the book thrown at them.
“If they can prove that case and prosecute people like the James Comeys, and I think a guy like John Brennan, what I hope will happen is they will try to find whatever the most extreme form of punishment is that they can to throw at these guys,” Wright told Fox on Saturday, according to the Examiner.
“They absolutely assaulted not just the Trump administration, but your vote, my vote, anybody who went to the ballot box in 2016, irrespective of who we voted for, they decided that they were going to choose the nation’s political winners and losers,” Wright added. “That’s what offends me and I think outrages most people watching this program.”
“Immoral and unethical”
Of course, it isn’t just Wright who thinks Comey needs to pay the price for what went down at the FBI under his leadership. Speaking with Fox News on Monday, former Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr said the new documents on Flynn’s case serve as “a confirmation that this was a very unrighteous, if not outright unlawful, effort by Jim Comey’s FBI.”
“I think this is all about the president of the United States and the effort to obstruct the administration and the effort to do everything that they can to make the path forward for the president of the United States, including the Russia investigation, as difficult as possible,” Starr told Fox & Friends, the network reported. “It was very, very immoral and unethical.”
The day before, President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, had much the same message.
“[Comey] shouldn’t get away with it,” Guiliani said on Watters’ World Sunday, according to Fox. “It really is one of the more horrible episodes in law enforcement history… It should be part of the textbooks about what you shouldn’t do.”