Rush Limbaugh questioned whether the American people will get to see former FBI Director James Comey’s memos from meetings with President Barack Obama. The radio host was reacting to the report from the New York Times, which cited memos written by Comey claiming President Trump pressured him to end the investigation into Michael Flynn. Congress is now vowing to subpoena the memos and have Comey testify publicly following his firing by Trump. “If the FBI director’s been keeping memos on meetings with everybody and he doesn’t run the Department of Justice. I mean, we’re not talking about J. Edgar Hoover here, or are we?” Limbaugh asked.
New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin made a similar comparison, calling him “J. Edgar Comey” a few months ago. In his column Wednesday, Goodwin wrote: It is noteworthy that he never complained about Trump until he was fired. He learned his Hoover lessons well, which is why I called him J. Edgar Comey two months ago. Maybe he really was, like his famed predecessor, too big to fire. Ironically, one reason Trump fired him is that Comey refused to investigate leaks from within the administration of classified material, some of it bearing on national security. My view is that Comey may have been hesitant to investigate because he knew some of the leaks came from the FBI.
Goodwin said on “America’s Newsroom” today that Hoover created the FBI, but no one “could get rid of him,” explaining that six presidents wanted to fire him but Hoover died in office. “He set up this power center where he was above accountability. I think that’s what Comey was beginning to get to,” said Goodwin, adding that if Comey kept memos on meetings with former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, those should also be released.
New York Post: James Comey learned his J. Edgar Hoover lessons well