MSNBC’s Jen Psaki laughed with former FBI head James Comey about the possibility of Trump accepting his presidential nomination ‘in an ankle monitor’ – as they ignored discussing the findings of the Durham report.
In a sit-down interview that aired Sunday, the two agreed that the former president could accept the Republican nomination while facing legal repercussions.
‘It’s a crazy world that Donald Trump is dragging this country into, but he could be wearing an ankle bracelet while accepting the nomination at the Republican convention,’ Comey said.
That would create a devastating situation for the judicial system, Comey argued, claiming that Trump could ‘destroy’ those that investigate or hold him accountable.
‘Think about what four years of a retribution presidency might look like. He could order the investigation and prosecution of individuals, who he sees as enemies,’ the former FBI head continued.
The two did not however touch on the Durham Report which essentially debunked claims that the Trump team worked with Russia to collude in the 2016 election.
MSNBC’s Jen Psaki laughed with former FBI head James Comey about the possibility of another Trump presidency amid investigations into the former president
‘It’s a crazy world that Donald Trump is dragging this country into, but he could be wearing an ankle bracelet while accepting the nomination at the Republican convention,’ Comey said
In their nearly 10 minute interview, the former White House Press Secretary and disgraced FBI director shared banter about their fears of a repeat Trump presidency.
Comey also explicitly exclaimed his hopes that the case involving the documents found at Mar-a-Lago holds up and that he is brought to justice.
‘I don’t know where the case will end up,’ Comey told Psaki. ‘But it makes it immeasurably stronger to have the subject of the investigation saying in a way that that can’t be impeached — no pun intended, with Trump.’
‘Tapes are amazing for a prosecutor because you can’t cross examine a tape. You can’t call a tape a liar,’ he said.
Comey went on to add that he once prayed there would be tapes that came to light in the case because it makes a case so much easier to prosecute.
‘That’s why I once said, “lordy, I hope there are tapes.” And, lordy, it’s a good thing that there are tapes,’ the former government employee said.
Trump has publicly stated that ‘everything I did was right,’ regarding the documents found by the FBI during their search of Mar-a-Lago.
The conversation then turned to the status of the investigations into Trump and how officials within the DOJ and FBI are likely feeling the pressure to move quickly.
Former FBI Director James Comey with former President Donald Trump in Janurary 2017
‘That’s why I once said, “lordy, I hope there are tapes.” And, lordy, it’s a good thing that there are tapes,’ Comey said of the documents found at Mar-a-Lago in Florida
Trump is under investigation after the FBI executed a search warrant at his Florida home of Mar-a-Lago and found classified and secret documents
Trump has said ‘everything I did was right,’ regarding the documents found by the FBI
Psaki asked Comey, given his experience with investigations during campaign cycles, if he believes the timetable should be of concern for prosecutors.
‘It’s concerning to a prosecutor leading investigation and to the FBI, because despite history, we desperately don’t want to be involved in an election time investigations and near them,’ he told the MSNBC host.
Comey led the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails which plagued the media for months around the time of the 2016 election.
‘They are feeling intense pressure to move, to move, to move, so they’re not in the position to making a charging decision next year, when Donald Trump may be the nominee,’ Comey continued.
‘So I think they are likely working very, very hard and trying to get ahead of where even the normal pace of the investigation might be,’ he added.
At that point, the two then turned to the discussion regarding the potential that Trump accepts the Republican nomination while in an ankle monitor.
Comey said he could see a situation in which Trump wins again in 2024 but that he doesn’t ‘want to’ envision a scenario where ‘justice is delayed.’
He added that there’s no precedent for whether a criminal investigation into Trump would be paused or if it would continue after he is re-sworn in.
‘Yeah, there’s no precedent whatsoever that I’m aware of. We’ve never contemplated electing again someone like Donald Trump,’ Comey said.
‘So I don’t know what would happen,’ he continued.
Comey went on to add that he considers himself to be on Trump’s ‘enemies list’ and that he – a lifelong Republican – plans to vote for President Joe Biden in 2024.
Psaki asked Comey, given his experience with investigations during campaign cycles, if he believes the timetable should be of concern for prosecutors
Some of the documents discovered in Trump’s possession during the August 8, 2022 federal raid on Mar-a-Lago
Despite the lengthy interview time, the two did not mention the recent results from Special Counsel John Durham’s Report published in May.
The shocking report found the FBI did not have enough ‘factual evidence’ to investigate allegations of Trump-Russia collusion.
Immediately after it was published, members of the GOP slammed left-leaning outlets for publishing stories despite ‘shaky’ sourcing.
‘What have we learned from the Durham Report? That the New York Times and Washington Post were given a Pulitzer Prize for writing a bunch of politically motivated crap,’ Senator Lindsey Graham said in a statement.