Transcript for James Comey responds to Trump's tweets
Here James combing his new book a higher loyalty is out today this is his first live interview since the book's been released and thank you for coming back right now I guess you knew this was comment. A lot of reaction from all sides including a got a tweet tweet storm from president trump. I want to focus in on two of the president's tweets because it is the most serious. The the president says Mellish and you've been fired that the U leaked classified information lied to congress under oath for both of those infractions he says. You should go to jail. If that is not normal that is not okay. For so he's just making stuff up for most importantly the president of the United States is calling for imprisonment. Of a private citizen as he's done for a whole lot of people who criticize him that is not acceptable in this country. I hope people read the book can see why the rule of law is such an important value in this country in key to the hat that the president doesn't get to decide who goes to jail. He didn't continues to these tweets. Dulled to Britain to what's actually in. I think that's a danger that we're numb to it we wake up in the morning and see the president of the United States. Is accusing people of crimes without evidence and pronouncing them guilty it's and they should be in jail. That should wake all of us up with a start but has been so much of it that we're a little bit numb and that's dangerous one of things I hope to do. He's encourage people to think about that and focus on that rather than becoming. Sort of numb to it and trying to squeeze it out of your mind. Lot of Democrats unhappy with the EU as well only handling of the Clinton email investigation drummer response from attorney general former attorney general. Loretta look tension who says who wrote in a statement yesterday if James combing had any concerns regarding the email investigation classified or not. He had ample opportunities to raise would mean both privately. And in meetings he never did. I think that's right the read is a person I respect and like very much. But that isn't the problem I faced in that investigation problem I faced in late June was that she announced she wouldn't recuse herself. Without checking with the FBI to see whether we had a view wanted to but would accept my regiment under her directly. Now wait to be asked to my boss. Sure may be but I really don't think so even in hindsight. The should've been a discussion about whether she should be involved in the matter what she did was say I'm gonna stay involved well except his recommendation which put me in the FBI and the terrible spot. Third strand of criticisms come in is on I guess it's a courtesy critique of your literary style. Allowed people saying that you put too many petty personal details in the book about president from tuchman is here is hand size. Speculation about the tanning goggles. A lot of critics that say that struck them as is beneath you getting and the sandbox. The presenter. Any regrets. Know what my earlier Reza those folks like we haven't read the book because if you read the whole book you'll see I'm trying to be an author. And bring the readers with me into a room and so I described. All kinds of people in great detail to try and create a vivid image for the reader not trying to make fun of president trump and not trying to make fun of anybody. If you read the whole book you'll see I'm trying to give you that picture. Since we last talked last week the president has pardoned Scooter Libby who was an aide to vice president. Dick Cheney convicted of lying about leaks of information during the Bush Administration. What was that you actually worked on appoint a special prosecutor to look at and it's Scooter Libby back when you were at. The justice from what was your reaction. To the pardon. It's an attack on the rule of law. There's a reason president George W. Bush. For whom Scooter Libby worked refused to pardon him after looking at all the facts in the case it was an overwhelming case there's no reason that's consistent with justice. To pardon him and so it's an attack on the rule of law and my view. Also since you since we talked last week PA inspector general the just farms can't report on your deputy the FBI Andrew. McCain. It's it says they'd. Hey he was not candid. In his in your views did you read the report and do you agree with the decision attorney general made to fire danger McCain. I read the report and I think this report demonstrates. The life of an institution that cares about the truth and investigate that holds people accountable. I think the process. Inside the Justice Department worked well where was tainted was by the president of the United States calling for the firing or imprisonment of some like Andrew McKay about tainted an institution that pursues the truth. Imagine that kind of accountability was applied at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue so he didn't deserve the discipline he got injured and can't know I think the process I don't have a view on what the ultimate discipline should have been. If this is the system working. Separate apart from the president's effort to tainted this is the Justice Department holding accountable its employees. To the truth and that's really important. While we were sitting down last Monday the FBI conducted those raids of the offices of Michael Cohen offices and home might look on the president's personal turning. Picture a very strong reaction from prison term let's look. So just turn that they broke into the office. One of my personal attorneys that man. And it's a disgraceful situation it's a total witch hunt and I have this witch hunt constantly. Going on for. Over twelve months now. That it's a disgrace it's frankly a real discouraged it see an attack on our. Confiscated his sense it's in the attack on what we Alstead for. Call this Ethier is an attack on our country. It shows me you doesn't know or doesn't care what the rule of law looks like nobody broke into anybody's office it doesn't happen. The FBI gets a search warrant from a federal judge in conducts itself. Professionally. Completely and politely by the accounts of the people involved so it's a total distortion of the way things work. Teams coming thanks very much he'll be back in our next half hour answering your questions of course that's right here on Jimmy.
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