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Comey admits: ‘It’s embarrassing’
US Senator Ben Sasse eventually got Comey to own up. He prefaced his questioning by saying the many wrongs cataloged in the Horowitz Report were “not just saddening and infuriating,” but “also really embarrassing.”
Comey responded, “I think I share your reaction, Senator Sasse. The collection of omissions, failures to consider updates… It’s embarrassing. It’s sloppy. I run out of words. There’s no indication that people were doing bad things on purpose, but that doesn’t mean it’s not embarrassing.”
Sasse next asked Comey, “Doesn’t that point at you? … You were the leader!” to which Comey responded, “This reflects on me entirely, and it’s my responsibility…. I’m not looking to shirk responsibility.”
Sasse further pointed out, “Horowitz’s report talks about a FISA [warrant application] process that was riddled with errors. Every single place they looked, it was crap! … Where were you?”
At that point, Comey reverted to diffusing personal responsibility by saying the whole agency was too relaxed about how the process worked, acknowledging that, as a result, Inspector General Horowitz had “found problems in every FISA application.”
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