Donald Trump Should Not Be Impeached, Says James Comey – That Would ‘Let Americans Off The Hook’

Comey believes justice would be better served to Trump by being voted out of office in 2020.

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Comey believes justice would be better served to Trump by being voted out of office in 2020.

Donald Trump should not be impeached, says former FBI Director James Comey. Although the reason for that is not because Comey doesn’t believe Trump hasn’t committed any impeachable offenses. Rather, he believes that the best form of justice for the 45th president would simply be to be voted out of office by the American people.

As Yahoo News reports, Comey has been making the rounds of talk and news shows to promote his upcoming book, A Higher Loyalty, which drops this week. And in one of the most wide-ranging, and perhaps surprising, interviews, Comey spoke at length to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

When the subject of impeaching Trump came up, Comey answered with surprising candor. What’s more, his take on the issue could be seen as surprising. Specifically, Comey doesn’t think impeachment is the way to go. That’s because he thinks the people of America should do the job of removing Trump from office — at the ballot box, in 2020.

“I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they are duty bound to do directly. People in this county need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values.”

Comey’s strong and unambiguous language is described as “unprecedented” by Yahoo News writer Michael Isikoff, who speculates that Comey is putting aside decorum because of Trump’s attacks against him. Specifically, Trump has called Comey a “slimeball,” a “liar,” and a “leaker.”

On Sunday, as Mother Jones reports, Trump spent much of the day stepping up his attacks on Comey.

In one tweet, Trump even appeared to suggest that Comey deserves jail time.

In another revelation that came out in Comey’s Sunday interview with Stephanopoulos, Comey revealed that he directly told Trump that he (Trump) was not personally the target of the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comey even did so against the advice of his former boss at the FBI, James Baker.

“The FBI general counsel was concerned about me in the first instance telling then President-elect Trump he wasn’t under investigation.”

That wasn’t good enough for Trump, however. Comey claims that Trump repeatedly pressured him to publicly declare that Trump wasn’t the focus of the investigation. Comey was unwilling to take such a public step, in part because Baker didn’t even want him to tell Trump that information, let alone the general public.

Comey’s book will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, April 17.