Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDershowitz confronts Hannity: ‘You should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen’ Clinton allies seethe with rage at Comey Press: The lawmaker vs. the lawbreaker MORE responded to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump asking Arab nations to replace US military in Syria after defeat of ISIS: report Columbia presses on with scholarship program for displaced Syrians despite Trump travel ban Dershowitz confronts Hannity: ‘You should have disclosed your relationship with Cohen’ MORE‘s tweet suggesting he faces jail time in a new interview, saying that most Americans shrugged off the remark but that the president threatening a private citizen is “not normal.”
In an interview with NPR, Comey warned Americans of what he says is the danger of letting Trump’s more outlandish actions become normalized.
“President Trump, I don’t follow him on Twitter but I get to see his tweets tweeted, I don’t know how many, but some tweets this past couple of days that I should be in jail,” Comey says. “The president of the United States just said that a private citizen should be jailed.”
“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,” Comey added.
Comey went on to say there was a “danger” to democracy in America if voters don’t respond to Trump’s “threats to the rule of law.”
“There’s a danger that we will become numb to it, and we will stop noticing the threats to our norms. The threats to the rule of law and the threats most of all to the truth,” Comey said.
The former FBI chief then went on to why Trump’s attacks on senior personnel at the Justice Department were so dangerous.
“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, and so there’s great danger in the president of the United States saying ‘you should be in jail,'” Comey said.
Trump fired Comey last year over his frustration around the handing of the Russia investigation, which led to the appointment of the special counsel, Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE.
Mueller’s team is investigating, among other charges, the possibility that Trump’s firing of his FBI chief was intended to obstruct the ongoing investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia.
The feud between Comey and Trump reignited last week with a string of media appearances by the FBI chief, who is promoting his memoir, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, And Leadership.”