Former FBI director James Comey accused President Donald Trump of harming the rule of law with his attacks on the FBI. He also blamed Republicans for not having the courage to defend the truth.
It is a visibly disappointed James Comey who came out of his second closed-door hearing before two House of Representatives committees on Monday.
“Another day devoted to the emails of Hillary Clinton,” he lamented to the journalists after giving testimony for nearly six hours before the Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Governmental Watch, both chaired by the Republicans.
“All this while the President of the United States lies about the FBI, attacks the FBI and attacks the rule of law. How can all this have any meaning, “said the former FBI director, who was fired by Donald Trump in May 2017.
In the past, Republicans understood that the actions of the President matter, that his remarks matter, that the rule of law and truth matter. Where are these Republicans today?
“The FBI’s reputation has been tarnished because the president of the United States, along with his allies, has been lying about it all the time. Many people […] believe these nonsense, “said Mr. Comey.
“Those who are better informed, including the Republican members of this body, must have the courage to stand up and tell the truth,” he added. Their silence is shameful. “
He also criticized the president for treating former lawyer Michael Cohen as “rat” for collaborating with the FBI.
“Remember, Michael Cohen only became a rat after the FBI did something absolutely unthinkable and unheard of before the unleashing of the Witch Hunt. They PENETRATED WITHIN THE OFFICE OF A LAWYER, “stormed the US President Sunday.
The FBI raided the offices of Michael Cohen, a former Donald Trump lawyer who was sentenced to three years in prison for tax evasion, lying to Congress in April, by order of the court. and breaking the rules of election financing.
“The President of the United States calls a witness who collaborated with his own Justice Department a rat,” said James Comey, again calling on Republicans to denounce this kind of behavior.
Hillary Clinton emails still in the hot seat
Ten days after a first hearing before the parliamentary committees, James Comey confessed to having been questioned again about the use of a personal email and a private server by Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump’s Democratic rival during the 2016 presidential election , when she was secretary of state under the presidency of Barack Obama.
James Comey said he was also questioned about an FBI case that, according to Republicans, federal investigators justified getting a warrant to monitor one of the members of the Trump campaign.
“I find it frustrating to be here to answer much less important questions than the values on which this country is based,” said Mr. Comey.
This year, the former FBI leader said in an interview that the real estate mogul was ” morally unfit to be president .” In his memoirs, published last April, he described him as a liar to “excessive ego” and mafia behavior .
The White House had initially justified the dismissal of James Comey by his management of the email survey of Hillary Clinton. Later, the president said he was thinking about the “Russia affair” when he made his decision, before saying the opposite a year later .
Donald Trump has also accused, without evidence, to have leaked confidential information to the press.
The dismissal of James Comey paved the way for the appointment of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to take over the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and possible collusion with Donald’s campaign team Trump.
Ironically, Hillary Clinton accused James Comey of being responsible for his defeat because he announced publicly that he had reopened his email investigation 11 days before the election.
Ted Green is a Senior Editor here at Buffalo Morning Star. Based in Getzville. Ted has worked for the Buffalo News and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” he is a graduate of the Fordham University. You can reach Ted via email or by phone.