Attorney General Jeff Sessions justified the firing of James Comey and offered that more terminations might be the consequence of the Investigator General’s report set to be released Thursday.
Here’s what Sessions said
In an interview with Buck Sexton of The Hill, Sessions said the report could lead to more law enforcement officials being fired.
“I think it will be a lengthy report and a careful report,” Sessions said. “I think it will help us better fix any problems that we have and reassure the American people that some of the concerns that have been raised are not true.”
“If anyone else shows up in this report to have done something that requires termination we will do so,” he concluded.
The report from DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will be reportedly 500 pages long and is scheduled to be delivered to Congress at noon, with a public release three hours later.
The investigation will cover allegations that the announcement from James Comey, the FBI Director at the time, did not follow FBI guidelines, whether the Deputy FBI Director should have recused himself from the investigation into Russian collusion, and whether “Department and FBI employees improperly disclosed non-public information.”
“Serious breach of discipline”
Sessions also defended the firing of James Comey by the President Donald Trump.
“It was the right thing to do,” he said. “The facts were pretty clear on it.”
“He made a big mistake and he testified only a few weeks before that termination that he would do it again if he had the opportunity,” he added, referring to Comey’s announcement prior to the election that Hillary Clinton was under investigation. “So we felt like there was a serious breach of discipline within the department if we allowed him to continue.”
Sessions himself came under fire recently from Republican lawmakers when he defended Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from accusations that he improperly threatened staffers of the House Intelligence Committee.