Remember when after the former disgraced FBI Director James Comey said there was no spying on the Trump campaign, he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that it was “reasonable” and a “totally normal step” to plant spies inside the White House?
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 10, 2019
Remember when one year ago in June, President Trump tweeted about how the IG report is a total disaster for Comey and his minions?” Trump boasted that he “did a great service to the people in firing him.”
The IG Report is a total disaster for Comey, his minions and sadly, the FBI. Comey will now officially go down as the worst leader, by far, in the history of the FBI. I did a great service to the people in firing him. Good Instincts. Christopher Wray will bring it proudly back!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2018
As it turns out, President Trump had a very good reason for canning the FBI’s top dirty cop.
Yesterday, we shared a report by Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations that claimed Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will soon file a report with evidence indicating that Comey was misleading the president. Even as he repeatedly assured Trump that he was not a target, the former director was secretly trying to build a conspiracy case against the president, while at times acting as an investigative agent.
Two U.S. officials briefed on the inspector general’s investigation of possible FBI misconduct said Comey was essentially “running a covert operation against” the president, starting with a private “defensive briefing” he gave Trump just weeks before his inauguration. They said Horowitz has examined high-level FBI text messages and other communications indicating Comey was actually conducting a “counterintelligence assessment” of Trump during that January 2017 meeting in New York.
Now, the Washington Examiner is reporting that Comey’s inside man has been identified.
Anthony Ferrante, a longtime FBI official, worked as a cybersecurity adviser on the National Security Council. Officials said Ferrante was working in the White House even while the FBI held him on reserve status. All the while, he was sharing information about Trump and his aides back to FBI headquarters.
One former National Security Council official said Ferrante’s unique position was highly irregular.
“In an unprecedented action, Comey created a new FBI reserve position for Ferrante, enabling him to have an ongoing relationship with the agency, retaining his clearances and enabling him to come back in [to bureau headquarters],” the official said, adding that the NSC division supervisor was “not allowed to get rid of Ferrante” and that the arrangement appeared to be “in direct conflict with the no-contact policy between the White House and the Department of Justice.”
Ferrante left the White House in April 2017, not long before Trump fired Comey as FBI director.
He went on to join FTI Consulting, a business-advising firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. Through this firm, Ferrante was hired by BuzzFeed to investigate the dossier composed by Steele, to try and corroborate the unverified claims about Trump’s ties to Russia that appear in the research.
Ferrante was replaced in the White House by another FBI official, Jordan Rae Kelly, who signed security logs for Ferrante to enter the White House while he was contracted by BuzzFeed. Kelly left the White House last year and also joined FTI Consulting.
The Gateway Pundit reports that Ferrante is currently employed by CNN:
What is not yet clear is whether Ferrante, who now works for CNN, attempted to frame the President as well, from within the White House.
Anthony Ferrante, senior managing director and global head of cybersecurity at FTI Consulting, is now also a law enforcement analyst for CNN. Prior to joining the private sector, Ferrante served as director for Cyber Incident Response at the White House’s National Security Council. He was also chief of staff of the FBI’s Cyber Division and was previously a member of FBI’s Cyber Action Team.
Meanwhile Attorney General William Barr is conducting a review of the origins of the Russia investigation, and he has said he is working very closely with Horowitz. The inspector general can recommend prosecutions, and U.S. Attorney John Durham, whom Barr tasked to lead the review, has the ability to convene a grand jury and to subpoena people outside of the government.