WATCH: Comey: Indict Trump AFTER He Leaves Office

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Former FBI Director James Comey suggested at a televised town hall Thursday that President Trump could be indicted after he leaves office — as the president fired back, calling Comey a “disgrace.”

During a town hall-style event hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Comey was asked whether he agreed with hundreds of former prosecutors who argued this week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would have produced obstruction of justice charges if Trump were not president and benefiting from a DOJ policy against such indictments.

“Yeah I agree,” Comey said, offering examples outlined in Mueller’s more than 400-page report, specifically involving requests Trump made to former White House Counsel Don McGahn and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to limit or end the special counsel’s investigation.

“[Mueller] was trying to do something principled and fair, and I can tell you from personal experience that sometimes, when you try to do that, people misunderstand you,” Comey said. “He said, I can’t indict the president because of Department of Justice policy and given that, it would be unfair to accuse him of a crime in a document when he can’t vindicate himself in a trial.”

Asked point-blank if Trump should be indicted when he is out of office, Comey answered: “I think the Justice Department will have to take a serious look at that.”

He added: “Whether it’s a wise thing to do to a former president, I don’t know. That’s a harder question, a much bigger question, than the facts of the case.”

(AP)




9 COMMENTS

  1. He’ll have pardoned himself before leaving office to prevent partisan Democrat hacks abusing power in the future to falsely prosecute him and other members of the current government.

  2. Comey, as a former FBI director, should know his legal rights:
    “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.”
    Instead he is digging his own grave.

  3. I don’t think anyone here can fairly express an opinion about the president without having read the Mueller report (minus the redacted parts, of course). Everyone here can download it!! It’s quite difficult to read and still believe that the president is a patriotic American hero who has been wrongly vilified by partisan Democrat hacks. Read it!! Read it!! It’s worth your time!!

  4. Joseph,

    Presidential pardoning is not a magic wand, so he can’t pardon himself for everything he did. Besides, he has so many state prosecutions that he will be under that he is going to jail anyway as soon as he leaves office.

    MIG,
    He has every right to say what he said. Hillary is still shivering from all the taunts of “lock her up”. I don’t take seriously anything a republican says.

  5. Note that he favors indciting someone even though he hasn’t come up with any evidence of a crime (unless you consider political incorrectness to be criminal). Comey demonstrates why the law enforcement community has lost the confidence of many people, of all political views One can not expect to be respected if one uses the criminal justice system as a tool to harass one’s enemies, rather than a tool for punishing wrongdoings.