Comey Admits FBI Was Damaged By Peter Strzok and Lisa Page: They ‘Made Us All Look Bad’
In an answer that surely set ten million keyboards on fire on Thursday night, former FBI Director James Comey admitted during his CNN Town Hall that he thinks Peter Strzok and Lisa Page hurt the FBI’s image.
Comey was fielding a question from the audience when the topic came up. The audience member asked what Comey thought should have been the consequences for Strzok, Page, and Andrew McCabe.
“I think, given the standards that we have,” said Comey, “there should have been, and was, severe discipline around their behavior.”
“Everyone has opinions,” said Comey. “You can’t bring them to work and have them affect your work, there have to be severe consequences.”
CNN’s Anderson Cooper followed up with several questions, including whether he would “acknowledge” the episode “damaged” the FBIs reputation and “tarnished” the Russia investigation.
“Definitely, yeah” Comey said. “Very painful. It was important that it be investigated, and important that there be discipline that follows it. But yeah, it made us all look bad.”
“Peter Strzok is a very talented agent,” Comey said. “It’s a personal tragedy for him. But, as much as I care about individuals, I care about the institution more. It hurt the institution.”
Twitter will have some fun with that exchange, you can believe.
Watch above, via CNN.
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