“Whenever Comey departs FBI, this episode will be in first graf of any assessment of his tenure. It is stain on his personal legacy & on FBI,” Clinton’s former spokesman tweeted.
Brian Fallon, a former spokesman for Hillary Clinton, unleashed a torrent of attacks on FBI Director James Comey in December 2016, but is singing a different tune after President Trump fired him Tuesday evening.
Fallon, now a senior adviser for Priorities USA, a liberal super PAC, criticized Comey’s investigation into Clinton aide Huma Abedin sending classified material to her husband, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner.
“Whenever Comey departs FBI, this episode will be in first graf of any assessement of his tenure,” Fallon tweeted. “It is stain on his personal legacy & on FBI.”
Whenever Comey departs FBI, this episode will be in first graf of any assessment of his tenure. It is stain on his personal legacy & on FBI
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) December 20, 2016
But suddenly, upon learning of Trump’s firing of Comey, Fallon wasn’t so eager for the FBI’s “stained” era to end. “The descent into authoritarianism does not announce itself with the blaring of trumpets,” Fallon tweeted Tuesday. “It happens via events like today.”
And despite agreeing with the grounds for Comey’s firing, he labeled Trump’s doing so as “100% political.”
The only thing that could do more to erode faith in independence of FBI than Comey staying is Comey being fired. This is 100% political.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) May 9, 2017
Fallon is not alone in his sudden reversal. Just last week, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) argued Comey should not be involved in the FBI’s probe into the White House’s ties to the Russians, but tweeted Tuesday night that his firing “compromises” the investigation.
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