Comey Denounces Trump Threat to Jail Him

Promoting his new book, former FBI director James Comey says President Trump should not have suggested that he be jailed. Comey said, “This is not some tin pot dictatorship where the leader of the country gets to say ‘the people I don’t like go to jail.’”

Former FBI Director James Comey denounced Donald Trump’s presidency as a threat to bedrock U.S., warning that the president’s calls for Comey to be jailed could erode the rule of law, Politico reports. Trump has labeled the former FBI director, whose new book was officially released on Tuesday, as a liar and leaker, suggesting he be sent to jail. Comey told NPR that Trump “said that a private citizen should be jailed. And I think the reaction of most of us was, ‘meh, that’s another one of those things.’ This is not normal. This is not OK.”

While Comey’s criticism of the president, so has the White House’s response. Trump administration officials have painted Comey as a disgruntled ex-employee looking to settle scores and an admitted leaker whose Congressional testimony had to be corrected almost immediately. Trump tweeted ver the weekend that Comey “will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!” Comey told NPR, “This is not some tin pot dictatorship where the leader of the country gets to say ‘the people I don’t like go to jail.’ Our Lady Justice wears a blindfold. And the reason all those statues all over the country have a blindfold is, that’s the way it has to be. Lady Justice can’t be peeking under the blindfold to see if Donald Trump wants her to convict so-and-so and not convict so-and-so. If we lose that, we’ve lost the rule of law…”

from https://thecrimereport.org