In a discussion about his new book, “A Higher Loyalty”, former FBI director James Comey told Axios’ Mike Allen that, if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 presidential election, he would still be heading the agency. When Allen asked whether Clinton should have been charged with a crime over her use of a private email server while she was Barack Obama’s secretary of state, Comey answered “No.”
Comey was the featured guest at an event at George Washington University in Washington DC that was sponsored by the Politics and Prose book store. His memoir was released on April 17 and sold more than 600.000 within one week.
Allen also asked on April 30 if Comey wishes Clinton had won the race. After apparently giving his answer some thought, Comey replied, “That’s not one I’m going to answer, I don’t think.” As to where he believes he would be now if the Democrat had won, Comey said, “I think I would still be the FBI director… Secretary Clinton is someone deeply enmeshed in the rule of law, respect for institutions, a lawyer. And so given that background, I’m reasonably confident that even if she was unhappy with decisions the FBI made, she would not fire the FBI director as a result.”
During his appearance, Comey dodged questions about the current investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election but criticized President Donald Trump for the latter's use of social media. and criticized the president for his social media use and executive actions at Lisner Auditorium Monday.
Comey said that he wishes Trump would stop writing about him on Twitter. Comey remarked, “I’m kind of like a break up he can’t get over for some reason,” adding, "I’m living my best life, and he’s over here tweeting at me.”
On April 15, the president tweeted: "Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe. In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. Slimeball!"
Trump tweeted, "The big questions in Comey’s badly reviewed book aren’t answered like, how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, [former FBI official Andrew] McCabe’s $700,000 & more?"
When Allen asked Comey to predict what Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation may reveal about supposed ties between Russia and Trump, Comey answered that he could not “responsibly” answer without being on the investigative team. He said that reports about the investigation are based on sources who have little information about it. He said that Mueller's team is “tight as a drum,” and that media coverage based on speculation is not valuable.
According to Comey, the United States is no longer in a “normal world” because of Trump. He said that Trump's pardon of Scooter Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, assails the rule of law and would not happen under the average president. Libby once served as chief of staff of forrmer Vice President Dick Cheney. He was convicted in 2007 of lying to a grand jury and FBI officials who were investigating the leak of a CIA officer’s identity. “Imagine Obama waking up in the morning and tweeting somebody he doesn’t like should be in jail,” Comey said. “Republicans would freak out about that.”
Comey advised federal burearucrats to do what is right depsite political pressure. "Remember, someday, you will have to explain to your grandchildren what you did at this time,” he said.