He rarely stops talking in a way that not only is filled with constant lying, but draws those to whom he's speaking into an involuntary circle of assent. — Former FBI Director James Comey
He rarely stops talking in a way that not only is filled with constant lying, but draws those to whom he's speaking into an involuntary circle of assent. — Former FBI Director James Comey
James Comey says the GOP needs to be 'burned down or changed,' calling the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol 'our own Chernobyl'
  • Former FBI Director James Comey eviscerated President Donald Trump, his supporters, and the Republican Party in an interview with The Guardian.
  • He described the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol as the US's "Chernobyl" — referring to the 1986 nuclear accident — saying it was the result of a breakdown in the country's checks and balances caused by Trump.
  • Comey has been forthright about the president in recent days, telling ABC News he has reservations about giving him post-presidential intelligence briefings.
  • Comey also criticized Trump's personal character, saying his lies make him "uniquely able to bend people."
"Something is shifting and I'm hoping it's the fault breaking apart, a break between the Trumpists and those people who want to try and build a responsible conservative party, because everybody should know that we need one," he said.

"Who would want to be part of an organization that at its core is built on lies and racism and know-nothingism? It's just not a healthy political organization."

... "Donald Trump conveys a menace, a meanness in private that is not evident in most public views of him," he told the paper.

Comey also referred to Trump's lies and misinformation, saying: "He rarely stops talking in a way that not only is filled with constant lying, but draws those to whom he's speaking into an involuntary circle of assent."

"I think it's something about that combination that makes him uniquely able to bend people — and he has bent lot of people," he added. "It's a really hard thing to resist. I bent in small ways that I convinced myself were tactical."