The Latest: Comey comments on McCabe allegations
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on former FBI Director James Comey (all times local):
Former FBI Director James Comey says the process that led a Justice Department watchdog to conclude that Comey’s former deputy had misled him and investigators about his actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation worked well.
But Comey says the process was “tainted” by President Donald Trump publicly calling for the firing FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.
Comey says Trump’s actions “tainted an institution that pursues the truth.”
McCabe was fired two days before his scheduled retirement last month. He has denied the report’s allegations that he misled investigators and Comey about a news media disclosure about Clinton days before the 2016 presidential election.
Trump fired Comey last year amid the FBI’s investigation into Russian election interference.
Comey commented Tuesday while promoting his new book on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Former FBI Director James Comey says it’s “not OK” or “not normal” for the president to call for the jailing of private citizens.
President Donald Trump suggested earlier this week that Comey should be jailed and accused him of leaking classified information and lying to Congress.
Comey said during a live interview Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Trump is “just making stuff up.”
Comey says Trump calling for him and other perceived enemies to be jailed “is not acceptable in this country” and that “the president doesn’t get to decide who goes to jail.”
Trump fired Comey last year amid the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Comey is promoting his book, “A Higher Loyalty.”