James Comey: If Trump Weren’t President He Would Be in ‘Serious Jeopardy of Being Charged’


James Comey said in an interview Sunday that if President Donald Trump were out of office, he would be in “serious” legal jeopardy over the campaign finance violations committed by his former lawyer.

In the sentencing memo for Michael Cohen, federal prosecutors from the Southern District of New York accused Trump of directing his lawyer to pay off two women alleging affairs, in violation of campaign finance laws. While Trump appears to be implicated in Cohen’s crimes, Justice Department policy maintains that a sitting president cannot be indicted.

MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace spoke with former FBI director Comey about the memo in an interview at the 92nd Street Y, and asked if Trump is now an “unindicted co-conspirator.”

“I don’t know,” Comey replied. “Not in the formal sense that he’s been named in an indictment… But if he’s not there, he’s certainly close given the language in the filing that the crimes were committed at his direction.”

Wallace asked what would happen if someone were implicated in the Cohen document in the way Trump was, but they were not the president.

“Well, that person would be in serious jeopardy of being charged,” Comey said. “Because the government wouldn’t make that sponsoring allegation if they weren’t seriously contemplating going forward with criminal charges.”

“Now where it stands here, I can’t say,” he added.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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