Former FBI Director James Comey pushed back on claims made by Democrats and Republicans that he’s partisan, reasoning that supporters of President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton couldn’t argue he was taking sides.
“They both can’t be right that I’m in the other team’s pocket,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper Thursday.
Facing a tough line of questioning from Tapper, who called Comey “reviled by the Hillary Clinton partisans and the Donald Trump partisans,” the ousted FBI head said he was warned long ago.
“It means mostly that my deputy was right when he told me in the summer of 2015 that I’m totally screwed as this investigation began, but…doesn’t mean that I’m right that everybody hates me,” he admitted. “I could still be wrong.”
Comey added that he felt the job of an FBI employee, by its nature, does not involve adopting partisan stances.
“The challenge of being the FBI in today’s political environment is you’re not on anybody’s side,” he said. “That confuses people, which I get, and it angers people, which I also get, and there’s only so much you can do about it except constantly try to show transparency. Show people your work so that fair-minded people can make a judgment, and that’s what I’ve tried to do in this book.”
Comey’s CNN appearance was the second in a round of promotional interviews for his new book, A Higher Loyalty, which details his experiences in the Trump administration as well as the time leading up to the 2016 election.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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