On Thursday, former FBI director James Comey published an op-ed in the New York Times cautioning against impeaching Donald Trump when the Mueller report comes out.
“I do have one hope that I should confess,” Comey writes.
“I hope that Mr. Trump is not impeached and removed from office before the end of his term,” he continues.
“I don’t mean that Congress shouldn’t move ahead with the process of impeachment governed by our Constitution, if Congress thinks the provable facts are there. I just hope it doesn’t. Because if Mr. Trump were removed from office by Congress, a significant portion of this country would see this as a coup, and it would drive those people farther from the common center of American life, more deeply fracturing our country.”
On CNN Thursday, former White House Communications Director Jen Psaki said that Comey is trying to come across like an objective statesman. But that he no longer has the right to that image.
“Look I think James Comey wants to be the beacon of evenhandedness and fairness,” Psaki said. “But he destroyed that a couple of years ago when he went out and held a press conference right before the election.”
‘This is written as if it’s from somebody who rarely speaks publicly, who’s weighing in as the godfather of truth and justice and the American way. But the problem is he’s already destroyed his reputation on that front.”
“This is not like a moment where someone sits on a mountain top and everyone wants to know ‘James Comey! What is your view!”
“We hear from him all the time and this says very little that’s of interest,” Psaki concluded.