Continetti: Comey Is Like Someone Who Burns a House Down and Says ‘We Can All Learn From This’

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Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti criticized James Comey Thursday for breaching protocol during the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

Discussing the Justice Department's inspector general report on Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier," Continetti said that Comey put his "own self-interest and self-conception" and sanctimony over normal procedures.

"Once again, Jim Comey's sense of righteousness led him to undertake steps that, even though he thought they were right and conscientious, ended up ruining things for everybody else," Continetti said.

"He's like someone who burns down a house and says afterward, ‘Well, we can all learn from this experience,'" he added.

He argued that this report has hurt his and other people's reputations at the FBI and warned that more damning information could come soon.

"My takeaway, of course, is this is the first in a trilogy. Not only do we have this IG report, eventually we're going to have the IG report about the investigation into Trump and then of course the Mueller report as well," Continetti said. "There's a lot of reading ahead of us."

Comey responded quickly to the IG report Thursday, publishing an article in the New York Times defending himself, with the headline "This Report Says I Was Wrong. But That’s Good for the F.B.I."

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