Former FBI director and “not a Democrat, not a Republican” James Comey is standing up to the agitator-in-chief after Trump suggested he be jailed.
On Sunday, Comey’s long-anticipated sit-down interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was released to the world, and Donald Trump was not happy with what he heard.
Trump took to Twitter to voice his displeasure in Comey’s remarks, alleging Comey had committed “many crimes” including lying to Congress and leaking classified information for which Trump insists he be jailed.
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, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
Comey has denied those allegations since Trump first levied them, and he stood his ground in a recent interview with NPR. while promoting his scathing anti-Trump memoir, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.
“This is not some tin-pot dictatorship where the leader of the country gets to say, ‘The people I don’t like go to jail,” he told the famed publication.
Clearly disturbed at the implications for the future of law and order in the United States, Comey elaborated further and issued a dire warning to those who just shrug off Trump’s abnormal behavior:
“The president of the United States just said that a private citizen should be jailed and I think the reaction of most of us was, ‘Meh, that’s another one of those things.’ This is not normal. This is not okay. There’s a danger that we will become numb to it, and we will stop noticing the threats to our norms.”
Comey also told NPR that he does not follow Trump on Twitter but does see some of his tweets. Presumably, he’s aware the great nicknamer Donald Trump has dubbed him “Lyin’ Comey,” which is honestly a wasted opportunity to lump Comey and Hillary together and call him “Crooked Comey.” He would have even gotten bonus points for alliteration.
On the bright side for Comey, he did get good news yesterday from a former ethics lawyer of Barack Obama. Norm Eisen tweeted yesterday that Trump’s tweets against Comey could count as libel, setting the president up for another potential lawsuit so early in his tenure.
This false, malicious accusation of criminal conduct is libel per se by Trump. @Comey could sue—& might win. Despite absolute official immunity, open legal question whether defamation using personal Twitter may be outside its scope. See Nixon v Fitzgerald. https://t.co/5YpNSIfiS3
— Norm Eisen (@NormEisen) April 16, 2018
It is somewhat gratifying to see Comey’s working towards redemption after he so obviously worked to swing the election in Trump’s favor with the release of his October 2016 “Comey Memo.” Though, given everything this country has endured since that fateful day, it’s unlikely even a takedown of Trump would suffice.