“I don’t know, he should consider it,” Comey said. “Donald Trump, he’s not a genius, but he might figure out that if he accepts a pardon, that’s an admission of guilt, the United States Supreme Court has said, so I don’t know that he would accept a pardon.”
Comey argued that a pardon from Biden would work to heal the country and get Americans “to a place where we can focus on things that are going to matter over the next four years.”
— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) January 13, 2021
“Donald Trump belongs in jail.”
Ex-FBI Director @Comey says while he “obviously believes” the president should be in jail, he doesn’t think “pursuing that is in the best interests of the American people”, adding Joe Biden should "consider" pardoning Donald Trump#Newsnight pic.twitter.com/RUghKyq5nW
Comey also told the BBC that he does believe Trump belongs “in jail,” but draws the line at prosecuting a former president because that’s not “in the best interest of the entire nation.”
“I think the wiser decision would be not to pursue him, but whatever you do, the next president, Joe Biden, should explain it to the American people. Be transparent about why you’re doing what you’re doing,” he told the network.
Comey’s remarks come on the heels of The Guardian reporting on an early copy of his new book, “Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency and Trust.”
The United States’ next attorney general under Biden should not “pursue a criminal investigation of Donald Trump,” Comey reportedly wrote in the book, “no matter how compelling the roadmap left” by special counsel Robert Mueller or “how powerful the evidence strewn across his history of porn stars and financial fraud.”
“Although those cases might be righteous in a vacuum,” Comey wrote, “the mission of the next attorney general must be fostering the trust of the American people.”
Those remarks were later assailed on social media. And in the same way, Comey’s comments to the BBC were also shredded on Twitter:
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 14, 2021
I have tried, @Comey. I really have. As much as you butchered your job in autumn 2016, I accepted your explanation of the complexities you faced. I’ve overlooked your tone deafness since.
This, however, is jumping the shark.
Get lost. https://t.co/IChgo6jrDx
James Comey has managed to completely alienated both democrats and republicans.— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) January 14, 2021
The only thing left uniting everyone in this country is the surety in our shared civic faith that @Comey fucking sucks— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) January 14, 2021
comey should consider shutting the fuck up https://t.co/ugVki3xuVM— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) January 14, 2021
— Adam Davidson (@adamdavidson) January 13, 2021
James Comey on CNN still saying it might be best not to prosecute Trump.
I would repeat my prior suggestion to Comey: we're done with you. shut up. Go away.
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