Turley: Comey's Recent Trump Remarks 'The Epitaph of His Time as FBI Director'
Law Professor Jonathan Turley said ex-FBI Director Jim Comey's remarks about the Trump White House and the FBI interview of Gen. Michael Flynn is "the epitaph of his entire time" as director.
Speaking at the 92nd Street Y on Manhattan's Upper East Side, Comey said he sent two FBI agents to the White House in early 2016 to talk to Flynn about Russia and other matters.
He said that in "other more organized administrations," he would have sought approval from the White House counsel's office first, but decided, "I'll just send a couple guys over."
Comey added, to laughter from the audience, that Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama are likely owed increased appreciation in the Trump era.
Turley, of George Washington University in Foggy Bottom, D.C., called the clip "unnerving" and Martha MacCallum noted the New York City audience was largely liberal.
He noted that Republicans and Democrats were outraged at Comey's 2016 Hillary Clinton "exoneration" press conference, and that his credibility was further eroded by "skipping all of the protocols and rules" by ordering agents to interview Flynn on the fly.
"That really is sort of the epitaph of his entire time as [FBI] director," Turley said.
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