In an interview with Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo this week, President Donald Trump had some biting criticism for FBI Director James Comey and his 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton.
“Director Comey was very, very good to Hillary Clinton, that I can tell you,” Trump said. “If he weren’t, she would right now be going to trial.”
Trump recalled Comey’s press conference last summer.
“When he was reading those charges, she was guilty of every charge,” Trump said. “And then he said she was essentially OK.”
It was the press conference that rocked the election. Only a few days after Attorney General Loretta Lynch recused herself from the investigation into Hillary’s emails – having violated every ethical breach in the books by meeting secretly with Bill Clinton – Comey announced that the FBI was not recommending charges against the former secretary of state.
But while the Hillary camp celebrated the fact that she wouldn’t be going to jail, the rest of us were left to puzzle over this outcome. Because it wasn’t like Comey came out and said, “Yeah, this was much ado about nothing, Hillary is a fine, upstanding woman, and none of these accusations have any merit.” Quite the contrary. Like Trump said, Comey stood up there on national television and explained in great detail how Clinton and her team at State exercised “gross carelessness” in handling classified material. He described her crimes down to the last comma.
And then, after all that, he said that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges against her.
It’s clear that even now, the president has serious questions about how his FBI director reached that conclusion.
But if he was ever thinking about replacing Comey, he indicated to Bartiromo that he had largely moved on. Asked if it was too late to send the FBI chief packing, Trump said, “No, it’s not too late, but I have confidence in him. We’ll see what happens. It is going to be interesting.”
Whether it pertains to the allegations of Russian meddling, Hillary’s email crimes, or Comey’s bizarre behavior throughout the election, Trump seems ever eager to simply move past the events of the 2016 race. He’s got his eyes firmly set on the future. He now wants to shock the world again. They said he could never win and he did. Now he wants to prove all of the naysayers – the ones who say he will be a terrible president – wrong.
We still have questions pertaining to the election, but if Trump would prefer to focus on being the best president possible, we can’t complain too much.