Following another day of closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill, former FBI Director James Comey ripped into Republican lawmakers’ silence on president Trump’s attacks on the FBI and the rule of law “shameful,” and he says they need to “stand up and speak the truth.”
The fired director noted that he was once again interviewed by the outgoing Republican majority in the House of Representatives about Christopher Steele’s dossier on Trump and Hillary Clinton’s emails “while the president of the United States is lying about the FBI, attacking the FBI and attacking the rule of law of this country.”
“How does that make any sense at all?” he asked reporters.
“Republicans used to understand that the actions of a president matter,” Comey continued. “The words of a president matter, the rule of law matters and the truth matters. Where are those Republicans today?”
He told reporters that he’d “rather not be talking” to journalists, but “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 and not slink away into retirement, but stand up and speak the truth,” he added.
James Comey after a second interview on Capitol Hill: "So another day of Hillary Clinton's emails and the Steele dossier. This while the President of the United States is … attacking the rule of law in this country. How does that make any sense at all?" https://t.co/AfEIFrfeM5 pic.twitter.com/dOdFKi3KYY
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Comey also weighed in on Trump’s recent tweet calling Michael Cohen “a rat.”
“It undermines the rule of law,” Comey said. “This is the president of the U.S. calling a witness who is cooperating with his own Justice Department a ‘rat.’ Say that again to yourself at home and remind yourself where we ended up. This is not about Republicans and Democrats. This is about — what does it mean to be an American? …There’s a set of values that represent the glue of this country, and they are under attack by things just like that. We have to stop being numb to it.”