On Sunday night, the full interview of James Comey on 20/20 will hit the airwaves, and Trump has already hit Twitter to attack the primary witness to one instance of Trump’s possible obstruction of justice.
Trump, the White House, and the entire GOP have already planned a coordinated attack on the credibility of former FBI Director James Comey. Just like Trump, the rest haven’t come up with much.
Trump used one of the agreed-upon attacks on Comey that made no sense when Fox News tried it, and Trump’s tweet shows exactly why it didn’t really work the first time. In one of the quotes from the book that have already been made public, Comey said:
‘Assuming, as nearly everyone did, that Hillary Clinton would be elected president of the United States in less than two weeks, what would happen to the FBI, the justice department or her own presidency if it later was revealed, after the fact, that she still was the subject of an FBI investigation?’
Pointing to this quote as proof of Comey’s partisanship didn’t work for Fox News since believing that the polls and every other indicator Americans use to gauge the trajectory of a presidential election are probably accurate isn’t a partisan stance. Trump’s particular reasoning for attacking this quote strays even farther from anything that makes sense. Comey never said he cleared Clinton of criminal wrongdoing because he thought she would win, she was secretary of state at the time and not a presidential candidate.
What the former FBI director did say was that his decision to make the new investigation public during the presidential campaigns was based on his assumption that Clinton would win. He made an investigation that had already damaged her credibility in the past public once again, which caused significant damage to her chances in 2016. If he were trying to get in Clinton’s good graces in order to keep his job, he did the exact opposite of what would have helped her. This is just one example of why the attacks on Comey from Trump and his allies makes no sense; the rest of their talking points are equally as ridiculous.
Twitter weighed in with their thoughts, as well. See some of their responses below:
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