A former FBI director has weighed in on President Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey, saying he believed Trump’s actions had the potential to damage the bureau’s reputation.
The President fired Comey on Tuesday, saying that he had been the target of a political witch hunt that had been orchestrated by the Democrats.
But James Comey said in an interview on ABC News’ “This Week” that he believed the President had fired the FBI director to cover up the Russia probe, and said he was disappointed in the way the White House handled the situation.
“I don’t think the FBI has had the reputation for integrity and accountability that it should have,” Comey said.
“It’s really unfortunate.
We had a pretty good relationship.
We’d never had any problems with the President or the FBI.
We were on good terms.
Comey said he had met with White House counsel Don McGahn on Wednesday to discuss the matter. “
I think that the President was wrong to dismiss the director of the FBI because of the Russia investigation.”
Comey said he had met with White House counsel Don McGahn on Wednesday to discuss the matter.
“The FBI director said that he thought Trump’s move was “outrageous” and “unfortunate” and called on McGahn to publicly explain what happened.””
Comey added, “I didn’t see him saying anything to the effect of, ‘Look, we’re going to get rid of this.’
“The FBI director said that he thought Trump’s move was “outrageous” and “unfortunate” and called on McGahn to publicly explain what happened.”
If there’s any way to avoid having the reputation destroyed, I think the President would do it, and if there’s not, I hope the President doesn’t,” Comey added.
Comey’s remarks come as Democrats are seeking to use the Russian probe as an issue to make their case to the Electoral College, which will be choosing their new president in November.
The investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties to Trump has already produced a host of high-profile indictments, including former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Comeys statement comes as the Senate Intelligence Committee prepares to begin hearings into Russian interference in 2016.
The panel is expected to hold its first public hearing on Monday.