Comey, in New Interview, Details Troubles at the White House
On the night of April 15, ABC News aired an interview with James Comey, former FBI director who was fired last year by President Trump. The interview, which was to promote his new book, reveals startling realities of working for President Trump. The book is about the incident and is launching next week.
When asked why he wrote the book, Comey responded that he wanted to remain useful after being fired last year. He states in his book that Trump’s presidency is a “dangerous time in our country”. To save the country, Comey says:
“So all of us have to constantly be involved and call it out when we see the truth endangered, when we see lying. And then next, we need to get involved. The American people need to stand up in the public square and in the voting booth and say, "Look, we disagree about an awful lot. But we have in common something that matters enormously to this country. And our leaders must reflect those values.’”
During the interview, Comey also spoke about the meeting in which Trump privately asked him to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn, former national security advisor. When asked if that occasion could be obstruction of justice, Comey said, “Possibly… I mean, it’s certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice.”
In regards to Trump firing him, Comey said: “it’s crazy to fire me. I’m leading the investigation of Russian influence.” According to the Washington Post, this move was particularly bold of President Trump at the time, as it outraged many.
When asked about the potential firing of Robert Mueller, leader of the special counsel handling Trump’s Russia investigation, he hopes that it would “...set off alarm bells that this is [Trump’s] most serious attack yet on the rule of law.” Comey said that he cannot rule out the possibility that Russia has harmful material on the president.
Comey was also asked if he believed that Trump was fit for office. He said,“A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they’re pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it — that person’s not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds.”
In response to the interview and new book, the Republican National Committee has paid for and launched a new site titled “lyin comey.” Is Comey lying? It’s hard to say, but President Trump’s response to the release has the potential to reveal if Comey’s statements are true.