Comey: 'Possible' Kompromat on President, Obstruction in Flynn Case
Former FBI Director James Comey said in his first TV interview since being fired last year that President Trump "possibly" committed obstruction of justice and it's "possible" the Russians have something compromising on the president.
"It is stunning and I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's just -- it's the truth. I cannot say that," he said about ruling out the possibility of kompromat. "It's possible."
Comey also said that he would have still sent the Oct. 28, 2016, letter announcing that the FBI was looking at a new collection of Hillary Clinton's emails knowing that Trump would have been elected. "Speaking is really bad; concealing is catastrophic. If you conceal the fact that you have restarted the Hillary Clinton email investigation, not in some silly way but in a very, very important way that may lead to a different conclusion, what will happen to the institutions of justice when that comes out?" he argued.
"If there were people who were secretly trying to protect Hillary Clinton, we didn't know about it. The FBI drove this investigation and we did it in a competent and independent way," he said of charges that the Obama Justice Department protected Clinton. "I would bet my life on that."
The former director said "the investigators knew that, unless they found something that was a smoking gun, where someone told Secretary Clinton 'you know, you shouldn't be doing this,' or where she acknowledged it or where somehow there's an indication of her obstructing justice, the case was unlikely to be prosecuted."
"It's illustrative of our polarization here that you've got the Trump camp, which I guess thinks I was trying to save Hillary Clinton. They don't quite explain what I was doing in October," he said. "And then Clinton camp thinks I was trying to shiv Hillary Clinton. Both can't be true, but in our polarized world, people live in separate bubbles. I would hope both camps will read this and, I hope, see a deeply flawed human surrounded by other flawed humans trying to make decisions with an eye, not on politics, but on those higher values."
Comey told ABC's George Stephanopolous that the title of his book, "A Higher Loyalty," came in part from the "bizarre conversation" he had with Trump at a private White House dinner in which Comey said the president asked for his loyalty, allegedly telling Comey "a lot of people would want to be FBI director."
Comey said he was "mystified" when he "discovered" that Trump refused to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin in private as well as in public. The FBI investigation "was triggered entirely separately from the Steele dossier," he said, as the document was received after the probe began with Trump campaign aide George Papadopolous' Russian contacts.