McCain: FBI Director’s ‘Integrity Has Never Wavered’

FBI Director James Comey deserves credit for his “independence” and “integrity,” according to Sen. John McCain.

Politico reported that the Arizona lawmaker, in Time magazine’s newly published “100 Most Influential People” article, heaped praise on the bureau chief. “Integrity is a word that doesn’t get used a lot in Washington anymore,” McCain wrote. “But that is the quality that has defined James Comey’s service to our nation.”

The senator claimed the director has “followed the law, spoke the truth and did what he believed was right.” He added that “shifting political winds have blown criticism James Comey’s way from different partisan directions, but his independence has never faltered, his integrity has never wavered, and I know that in the pursuit of justice it never will.”

Comey does not enjoy the support of many of McCain’s fellow Republicans, who are upset that the FBI is investigating President Trump’s links to Russia. Agents are trying to determine how Vladimir Putin tried to influence last year’s U.S. election, and whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian leader.

A number of former campaign officials, as well as members of the Trump administration, have had contacts with Russian operatives. The president’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, were forced to step down because of their ties to Russia. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also has admitted that he had conversations with Russian officials in 2016, while President Obama was still in the White House.

Comey is unpopular with Democrats who believe he harmed Hillary Clinton’s campaign by investigating her use of a private email server as secretary of state. In the heat of the campaign, the director accused Clinton of having been “extremely careless” in her handling of classified government information. Just 11 days before the election, Comey announced that the FBI had reopened the Clinton probe. About a week later, he acknowledged that the bureau had found nothing incriminating, but the damage to the candidate had already been done.

Source: Politico
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