Former FBI Director Comey Talks About The President's Vilification Towards Him

'I kind of shrug at it when he tweets in the morning that I should be in jail or something'

Larry Richert and John Shumway
September 26, 2018 - 10:27 am
James Comey

Jasper Colt - USA TODAY

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The 2018-2019 Pittsburgh Speaker Series presented by Robert Morris University will kick off on October 3rd when the former Director of the FBI, James Comey, speaks at Heinz Hall.

He joined KDKA Radio on Wednesday to talk about his former job, his new job, and the President of the Unites States. 

What’s your reaction when the President calls out this whole “witch hunt” when it comes to meddling in the election by the Russians?  

“The investigation was properly predicated, meaning it was opened in a thoughtful way by the FBI, and it’s been taken over by a special prosecutor who has produced numerous charges, numerous convictions, in a very short period of time, in a complex investigation,” Comey said.

“I don’t know where it will end up with respect to President Trump, and actually don’t care, as long the special prosecutor can finish his work.”    

How has the President's vilification of you impacted your daily life?

“It hasn't really, and that's actually criticizing myself. I kind of shrug at it when he tweets in the morning that I should be in jail or something. The reason I do is because there is nothing to it, he's just making stuff up,” Comey added

“But then I stop and realize that what I'm doing is becoming numb to something. I don't care what your politics are, it's just not acceptable, the President of the United States should never-ever be pronouncing that someone should be prosecuted or in jail.”

Many feel your last minute letter involving Hilary Clinton's emails cost her the election. How do you answer that claim?

“I sure hope not. I would rather the FBI not be involved. I would rather people have never heard of me,” Comey tells KDKA Radio.

“You have to make the best decisions in light of the values of your institution. I'm proud that we did it that way. We made the decisions in the right way for the right reasons.”

What is the mission of the FBI?

“Protect the American people and uphold the constitution of the United States. The bureau is designed to stand apart from politics and try to figure out in cases you've heard of and in cases everybody has heard of, what is the truth?” Comey explains.

“Then present those facts to our judicial system so that justice can be achieved. The bureau of people are passionate about not allowing political views to play a role in that truth seeking.”

What are you doing now?

“I’m teaching, I taught last year at Howard University, this year I’m teaching at my alma mater, William and Mary,” said Comey.

“I teach a three credit class, so three hours a week, which is a whole lot more work than I expected when I was a student.”

“Then I’m speaking, and trying to participate in the conversations we’ve talked about. Not to be involved in politics, I’m never going to run for office.” 

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