(EXCLUSIVE) Former FBI Director James Comey: Russians Will Work to Re-Elect Trump in 2020

May 03, 2019 - 2:40 pm

(KNX 1070) -- Former F.B.I. Director James B. Comey made an exclusive appearance in-studio Friday at 1 p.m. PST on In-Depth. 

The investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election didn't start with Comey, but because of a flurry of events that swirled around the former FBI director, the investigation certainly took a historic turn.


What you missed in Comey's interview:

* "It can't be stated often enough... A foreign adversary intervened in America to damage our democracy and proceed to hurt one of our two candidates for president and help the other. That's an act of war. And they not only did it, they exceeded their wildest expectations because look at where we are as a country now, at each other's throats. So, they will be back again, they will work to re-elect Donald Trump. And the problem we face as a nation is that all the intelligence and military professionals get this. But the president of the United States refuses to acknowledge that the Russians attacked us, and I gather from the news I've seen today that he was on the phone Vladimir Putin this afternoon talking about how it's a hoax," Comey said. 

* "It's not part of me and FBI to be on both teams at the same time. We can't be part of the deep state while also trying to defeat Hillary Clinton," Comey said. 

* "We have been so much more screwed up than this in our history and that history should console all of us. We always get our act together, our values are too strong, there's a ballast in this country and the great middle of this country wakes up when those values are threatened, and always responds and we resume our upward march," Comey said.

* "I would much prefer something that requires all of us to be accountable. Which is an election for the American people...," Comey said. 

Comey was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013. He was the 7th Director of the FBI.

In May of 2017, he was fired by President Trump amid a storm of politics surrounding Russia's collusion during the 2016 presidential election. 

Comey, 58, penned an op-ed in the New York Times May 1, essentially accusing Trump’s appointees of making “compromises” to survive their boss.

The op-ed was published on the same day Attorney General William Barr was grilled during a Senate hearing on his summary of the Robert Mueller report. Barr refused to appear the following day at the House Committee. 

"Accomplished people lacking inner strength can't resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump and that adds up to something they will never recover from," Comey wrote in the Times. "It takes character like (former Secretary of Defense James) Mattis's to avoid the damage because Mr. Trump eats your soul in small bites."

Prior to his service in the FBI, Comey worked as a federal prosecutor in New York and Virginia, and as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. deputy attorney general in President George W. Bush’s administration. He's worked at Lockheed Martin, taught law at Columbia Law School and was reportedly even being considered as a Justice of the Supreme Court.

Comey’s book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” was published in April 2018. The New York Times described it as “impassioned.”

“We are experiencing a dangerous time in our country,” Comey writes in the book, “with a political environment where basic facts are disputed, fundamental truth is questioned, lying is normalized and unethical behavior is ignored, excused or rewarded.”

Comey is married to Patrice Failor, they have five children and one newborn grandson.