Fired FBI director: President abused Comey and threatened him with jail: next attorney general must ‘foster faith’
If he exits the White House, Donald Trump can not be charged, no matter how much evidence has been amassed against him, writes former FBI Director James Comey in a new book. “Trump Call to Georgia State Secretary Electrifies Senate Election VotersContinueReadingThe next U.S. Attorney General under Joe Biden “does not initiate a criminal investigation against Donald Trump,” Comey writes, “regardless of how convincing the roadmap left by special counsel Robert Mueller” or “how strong the evidence of his past with porn stars and financial fraud.” A copy was obtained by The Guardian. The first book of the 60-year-old, A Higher Loyalty, was released in April 2018 and adapted last year for a two-part HBO film, The Comey Law, starring Jeff Daniels as the author and Brendan Gleeson as Trump. Comey’s high profile has won him as many detractors as supporters since leaving government, and his latest book will be closely scrutinized. He writes that it is for “ordinary citizens, not legal experts or historians,” and is intended to be a guide to restoring the battered institutions of Trump. Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, but his candidate for attorney general has not yet been confirmed. Among the suspected frontrunners is former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who headed the department briefly when Comey ran the FBI and was then shot by Trump.
Comey reviews scenes from his first tenure in his latest book, from his early work on high-profile Mafia cases to his prosecution of the inquiry into the email usage of Hillary Clinton and his brief service under Trump, including his reluctance to drop the investigation against Michael Flynn, Trump’s first national security advisor, because of his own links to Russia.
Barr argued that when he was not, Trump was cleared of obstruction of justice. He also sought to drop the lawsuit against Flynn for lying to the FBI until Trump nevertheless pardoned his former aide. Comey does not agree that Flynn should be further investigated. He writes that he doubts that his successor should pardon Trump, as Gerald Ford was Richard Nixon, the president who resigned in disgrace over the Watergate scandal in 1974. It is up for debate whether he will do so.
Comeey points to a decision by the Supreme Court in 1915 that a presidential pardon is equal to an admission of guilt, but he writes: “By pardoning a resigned president, Ford had held [Nixon] accountable in a way that Trump would not, even if he were pardoned after losing re-election. That might not be enough accountability in Trump’s case. Or it could be, especially if local prosecutors in New York indict Trump for a legacy of financial fraud. ” Cyrus Vance, Manhattan District Attorney, is investigating Trump’s financial dealings, including payments he made to women alleging affairs, one of them porn star Stormy Daniels, during the 2016 campaign. The Trump Organization is being prosecuted by New York Attorney General Letitia James. Preserving Justice was concluded after Biden’s defeat of Trump. The president declined to accept, a situation that led to last weekend’s call in which Trump attempted to get a Georgian official to reverse the state’s ranking, an action that sparked calls for crime.