Former FBI Director James Comey denounced Donald Trump’s presidency as a threat to bedrock American values, warning that the president’s calls for Comey to be jailed could erode the rule of law.
The former FBI director, whom Trump fired last spring, has been a frequent target of Trump’s criticism, especially in recent days amid the start of a publicity tour for Comey’s book, which was released Tuesday. Comey has been deeply critical of the president, characterizing him as morally unfit to occupy his office, while Trump has labeled the former FBI director as a liar and leaker, suggesting he be sent to jail.
“President Trump, I don’t follow him on Twitter but I get to see his tweets tweeted, I don’t know how many, but some tweets this past couple of days that I should be in jail. The president of the United States just said that a private citizen should be jailed. And I think the reaction of most of us was, ‘meh, that’s another one of those things.’ This is not normal. This is not OK,” Comey told NPR in an interview broadcast Tuesday morning.