Says he has 'fantasy' of deleting his Twitter account the day Trump leaves office
Oct. 12, 2019
James Comey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account when Donald Trump leaves office and admits he feels guilty that he could be responsible for his presidency
Former FBI Director James Comey has said that he has a 'fantasy' of deleting his Twitter account after President Donald Trump leaves office, vowing to fight every day until then for the president's removal.
'I have a fantasy about on January 21, 2021, deleting my Twitter and moving on to something else,' he told the New York Times in an interview published Saturday. 'But until then, I can't.'
Comey has pledged to spend the next 13 months fighting to drive Trump from power.
'I feel stuck,' he said. 'Like I can't do something else. And I couldn't look myself in the mirror if I went and did something easy.'
Comey admitted that he may have been responsible for Trump's election, after publicly announcing the FBI was examining a trove of Hillary Clinton's emails just 11 days before the election.
The emails were recovered from the laptop of Anthony Weiner, which was seized in an unrelated FBI investigation sparked by DailyMail.com's report that Weiner had sent sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old girl.
Trump fired Comey in 2017, citing his handling of the Clinton email investigation.
Comey's new remarks come after he initially said that he hoped Trump would be removed from office through the ballot box rather than impeached.
As the impeachment inquiry unfolded into Trump's request that Ukraine investigate Joe Biden, Comey revised his position in a pronouncement on his Twitter account.
'Some media are quoting me from last week about my hope that America will remove Donald Trump by an election, not Impeachment,' Comey wrote.
'But we may now be at the point where members of the House and Senate can't uphold their own oaths to support and defend the Constitution without acting,' he continued.
Since leaving the FBI, Comey has published a memoir and done paid speaking gigs, but has eschewed full-time work in the private sector, devoting his energy to his fustian Twitter feed and self-improvement goals.
'One of my goals has been to get to 10 consecutive pull-ups,' Comey told the Times. 'I'm at nine now. So, I've been doing a lot of pull-ups.'
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