Former FBI Official: Agents 'Infuriated' With Comey's Partisanship, Anti-Trump 'Vitriol'
Swecker: James Comey 'is not the FBI.'
A former top FBI official blasted former FBI Director James Comey Tuesday for new "partisan" attacks on President Trump, revealing that many rank-and-file agents are "infuriated" by Comey's statements.
Comey said Sunday he hopes Trump is not impeached, calling on American voters to rise up in 2020 and vote him out of office by a "landslide." Speaking to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace at an event in New York City, Comey said Democrats "have to win" in 2020 and stop Trump's "lies."
"We need a moment of inflection where we all get off the couch and say: 'that is not who we are,' and, in a landslide, rid ourselves of this attack on our values," he said.
The remarks came two days after Comey appeared before House lawmakers in a closed-session to discuss the Russia and Hillary Clinton probes that he oversaw until Trump fired him in May 2017.
After a transcript of the remarks was released Saturday, several Republicans criticized Comey for claiming 245 times that he did not remember things related to the investigations.
Responding on "America's Newsroom," Chris Swecker, former FBI assistant director, said he has heard from more than 100 current FBI agents who were "infuriated" over what Comey said.
Swecker criticized Comey for trying to "wrap himself in the cloak" of the bureau's integrity and bravery, while at the same time bashing the president and Republicans with "partisan vitriol."
"He's demonstrating why he is on the outs and has destroyed his own reputation, because he is a partisan. And he obviously practiced that during his very short tenure as FBI director," he said.
Swecker said he was a supporter of Comey when he was director, but Comey's actions were "inexplicable" in the Clinton probe and after his firing.
"He violated every rule. He made up his own rules. He leaked, he laundered his leaks to a professor. He apparently wasn't running the FBI during the course of some of the most important investigations, because he apparently can't remember a thing about it. He is not the FBI," said Swecker.
Watch the full interview above.