Former FBI Director James Comey is back, and he has some harsh words for all Republicans.
After a six-hour, closed-door interview with two House committees on Monday, Comey emerged to slam lawmakers as obsessed with “Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Steele dossier.” What they should be focused on, Comey said, is how President Trump is “attacking the FBI and attacking the rule of law in this country.”
Comey, who used to be a Republican, particularly called out GOP legislators for not facing their “fear of Fox News, fear of their base, fear of mean tweets.” And in what seemed to be a direct hit on Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and other departing Republicans, Comey questioned why lawmakers would “slink away into retirement” rather than “stand up for the values of this country.”
James Comey criticizes Republicans after closed-door interview on Capitol Hill: “At some point, someone has to stand up and in the face of fear of Fox News, fear of their base, fear of mean tweets, stand up for the values of this country.” https://t.co/z6BlKweT8A pic.twitter.com/zLmwjLwfhy
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Reporters later asked if Comey had faith in Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, to which he said he had “no comment,” per CNN. Monday’s meeting is the second testimony Comey has given to the House this month, and both addressed the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and Russian interference in the 2016 election.