A Conversation with Former FBI Director James Comey
On Tuesday, May 8, The Washington Post hosted former FBI Director James Comey for a one-on-one conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Carol Leonnig. Comey discussed his new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” and President Trump’s response to it.
He addressed why he sees the Trump presidency as a "forest fire,” his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and his controversial firing a year ago. The discussion also covered the Mueller investigation, Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and the legal challenges facing the Trump presidency.
Highlights
Former FBI Director James Comey described why he began to write memos detailing certain encounters with President Trump, noting that he did imagine Trump could eventually be under criminal investigation.
Former FBI Director James Comey talks about any links or contacts he has seen between Russia and Trump's inner circle. He says that Trump's decision not to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin caused him to conclude "it's possible" the Russians may have damaging information on Trump.
Former FBI Director James Comey talks about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and why he made the decision to notify Congress about re-opening it so close to the 2016 presidential election.
Former FBI director James B. Comey weighs in on his recent criticism of Trump attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani and responds to Giuliani's May 6, 2018 comments that Comey “could be lying” to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Comey worked for Giuliani as a young prosecutor in 1987.
Former FBI Director James Comey responds to whether President Trump has ever lied to him directly while he was the head of the FBI. Comey tells The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig that "there were quite a few" lies, and that "normalization happens when someone lies constantly at the head of the government."
Former FBI Director James Comey says he did not confront former Attorney General Loretta Lynch about his concern over her meeting on an airport tarmac with former President Bill Clinton. Comey also said that Lynch's decision not to recuse herself was one of the factors in his decision to independently hold a July 2016 press conference about Hillary Clinton’s email server.
Former FBI Director James Comey says he "doesn't know exactly why" it took nearly a month to disclose information to Congress about the Hillary Clinton emails found on a laptop belonging to former Congressman Anthony Weiner.
The Post's Carol Leonning asked former FBI director James Comey about the investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's emails at The Washington Post on May 8.
James Comey
Former FBI Director; Author of “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership”
James Comey served as the Director of the FBI from September 4, 2013 until his firing on May 9, 2017. Comey is the author of the new book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.”
Interviewed by Carol D. Leonnig
Carol Leonnig is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Washington Post.
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