Former FBI Director James Comey is worried that the country is becoming numb to President Trump’s false allegations.
Comey told WOR’s “Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning” that he shrugs off most of the president’s tweets, but some of them shouldn’t be dismissed.
“The part we really can’t shrug about is the president of the United States of America calling for the jailing of private citizens. Say that slowly and absorb that. There’s a danger that we’re becoming numb to his changing of our norms and that’s a dangerous place to be,” Comey said.
In his book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, Comey repeatedly criticizes President Trump. Comey compares the president to a mafia boss and says during their first meeting, Trump wanted the FBI to investigate and disprove allegations made about his involvement with Russian prostitutes.
“I don’t dislike him personally. I feel a little bit sorry for him. I’m deeply concerned about the way in which he leads, especially the way in which he makes decisions. But I don’t actually dislike the guy,” Comey said.
He said his criticism of Trump isn’t a partisan attack. Comey said he wrote a book about ethical leadership and has to talk about his interactions with the president.
Comey defended his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. He said it’s nonsense for people to argue that he had a prosecutable case against her and offered a message to those who believe Clinton should have been charged.
“I would tell those folks, ‘A whole lot of people have been telling you things that aren’t true,’ and I don’t know how to fix that. I hope you’ll take the time, if you feel that way, read my book and read my description of the Hillary Clinton investigation and why it was handled the way it was handled and I think you’ll see it was handled the way it was supposed to be handled,” Comey said.
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