The former FBI Director, James Comey has been a key Republican target since President Donald Trump fired him in May 2017. However, Comey who has remained in a defensing mode always was seen taking a strong stance against the president.
After his second closed-door interview with Congressional lawmakers on Monday, Comey lashed out at Trump, arguing that his attacks on the FBI didn’t make any sense. He also slammed the Republican lawmakers for remaining silent while the president disregarded the rule of law.
After he was interviewed for roughly six hours, James Comey asked the reporters, “This while the president of the United States is lying about the FBI, attacking the FBI and attacking the rule of law in this country. How does that make any sense?”
Comey also characterized the Republican lawmakers as too gutless to stand up for the bureau fearing political repercussions.
“Republicans used to understand that the actions of a president matter, the words of a president matter, the rule of law matters, and the truth matters. Where are those Republicans today,” said Comey, adding, “At some point, someone has to stand up and in the fear of Fox News and fear of their base, and fear of mean tweets, stand up for the values of this country and not slink away into retirement.”
James Comey’s reprimand against the President and his Republican allies followed his return to Capitol Hill on Monday, for a final interrogation with GOP lawmakers, before Democrats take control of the House.
Comey was first called to testify before members of the House of Representatives on December 7, 2018, which he referred to as a “desperate attempt to find anything that can be used to attack the institutions of justice investigating this president.”
The House Democrats condemned the second grilling of Comey by Republicans, and described the interview as a waste of time. They said it was an attempt to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in 2016 elections.
Representative Elijah Cummings (Md.), the Democrat poised to lead the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee from January, said, “I do believe this is a waste of the taxpayers’ money.”
“I think we could be doing things to help the American people in their day to day lives but we spent this time again listening to testimony that has been heard before,” she added.
The second interview was one last opportunity for GOP lawmakers to press James Comey on several matters about his time leading the investigative bureau.
The two closed-door interviews were conducted after a subpoena was issued on December 3 by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), which ordered him to testify behind closed doors.
As the last chance for GOP lawmakers passed by, James Comey directed vitriol against Trump and his Republican allies. However, critics alleged that his attacks against the president have pushed the FBI under a prejudiced attention, which has the potential of hurting the reputation of the bureau.
“The FBI’s reputation has taken a big hit because the president of the United States with his acolytes has lied about it constantly, and in the face of those lives, a whole lot of good people who watch [Fox News] believe that nonsense,” the former FBI Director said. “That is a tragedy. That will be undone eventually, but that has nothing to do with me.”
He called the criticism a product of the tough choices he had to make while leading investigative agency.
“And as far as hurting the FBI’s reputation, I hope not. We had to make very hard decisions in 2016, I knew we were going to be hurt by it. The question was how to minimize the damage,” Comey said.
James Comey has been against the Republicans from the year Trump became the President. He had stated that he has been a part of the party for much of his adult life. However, in 2016 he said that he could no longer remain in association with GOP in any form, as it was a total reflection of President Donald Trump.
Comey has always been against Trump, which has been likewise from the other side. While Trump’s actions against the Former FBI Director have always seemed to be out of rivalry, Comey’s slamming against the president seems to be an unbiased call for action. He had also stated that things should be done in a right way “whether we’re Republicans or Democrats,” they should be “the way Americans should want.”
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