Former FBI Director James Comey, who was speaking at the 92nd Street Y, told the audience that they had to oust President Donald Trump in the next election, by guaranteeing a “landslide” victory for his opponent.
“All of us should use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021,” Comey stressed, adding that regardless of any ideological differences Democrats may have, they had to nominate the best person to defeat Trump.
“I understand the Democrats have important debates now over who their candidate should be, but they have to win. They have to win,” Comey said.
In the next hour, the former FBI director criticized the President, saying that his tweets could eventually amount to witness tampering. As to whether Trump may be an unindicted co-conspirator in some of the crimes recently described by special counsel Robert Mueller, Comey noted that he was not sure, “but if he’s not there, he’s certainly close.”
However, Comey expressed hope that Trump would not be impeached but rather ousted at the ballot, so as not to leave a third of the country feeling like their chosen leader had been removed in a “coup.”
Earlier in the day, Trump attacked Comey on Twitter, saying that he had lied in his Friday testimony to the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.
“Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful!” the President wrote.
When asked about the tweet, Comey told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, “My reaction to it is actually disturbing to me, which is kind of, ‘Eh, there he goes again.’ But I kind of shrug and sometimes smile and laugh about it and then I have a secondary reaction, which is to be horrified at my own numb reaction. We have to remind ourselves the President of the United States of America is publicly announcing that people are committing crimes, that they should be in jail.”