Former FBI Director James Comey told NBC News on Wednesday of which his 2017 firing by President Donald Trump was “potentially obstruction of justice.”
In an exclusive interview on “Nightly News,” Lester Holt asked Comey about his reaction to Trump telling the news anchor in May 2017 of which he fired the FBI chief at least partly because of the Russia investigation.
“I thought of which’s potentially obstruction of justice in addition to I wish somebody is actually gonna look at of which,” Comey said. “Again the president appears to be saying, I don’t know what’s in his head — which is actually why I can’t reach the conclusion, what he appears to be saying is actually, I got rid of of which guy to shut down an investigation of which threatened me.”
At the time he was dismissed, Comey was leading the FBI’s investigation of alleged links between Trump’s presidential campaign in addition to Russia. Comey’s firing led to Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel of the Russia investigation.
The White House claimed at the time of Comey’s firing of which the item was initiated by the DOJ in addition to as result of his handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation. Two days after Comey’s ouster, though, Trump appeared in an interview on NBC News in addition to told Holt he was considering “of which Russia thing” when he axed the FBI chief.
On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr disclosed in a letter to Congress of which the special counsel didn’t make a determination whether the president criminally obstructed justice. The attorney general quoted Mueller’s report, which stated of which “while of which report does not conclude of which the president committed a crime, the item also does not exonerate him.”
Comey said he was surprised of which Mueller didn’t come to a conclusion on obstruction of justice in addition to left the item to the attorney general. He said one of the purposes of a special counsel is actually to make the tough call in addition to not pass the item to political appointees such as the attorney general.
“So the idea of which a special counsel wouldn’t reach the question in addition to hand the item to the political leadership doesn’t make sense,” he said.
Comey was asked by Holt if he sees the Mueller report as a rebuke of his leadership at the FBI.
“No, I actually see the item the different way,” Comey said. “the item establishes to all people I wish, no matter where they are from the spectrum, of which the FBI is actually not corrupt, not a nest of vipers in addition to spies, yet an honest group of people trying to find out what is actually true.”
The fired FBI director also said the probe “had to happen.”
“the item would certainly have been irresponsible not to investigate. in addition to we don’t investigate, despite what the partisans say, to find a particular result. We investigate to find out what’s true. in addition to best I can tell, the item looks like Bob Mueller was allowed to do of which — in addition to of which’s a great thing,” Comey said.
Also, Comey said he didn’t know what the special counsel report would certainly reveal when the investigation ended since he was axed while the probe was ongoing.
yet Comey said the item was a Great thing Mueller was able to finish the probe in addition to conclude of which “the Russia thing wasn’t a hoax” in addition to also of which the Russians had “interfered from the election in a huge way. in addition to another piece of Great news: the evidence didn’t establish of which any Americans conspired as part of of which effort.”