Former FBI Director James Comey said Friday that he hopes that President Donald Trump won’t be “impeached and removed from office before the end of his term.”
Comey, who was fired by Trump in May 2017, wrote in The New York Times: “I hope that Mr. Trump is not impeached and removed from office before the end of his term.”
He added, “I don’t mean that Congress shouldn’t move ahead with the process of impeachment governed by our constitution, if Congress thinks the provable facts are there. I just hope it doesn’t. Because if Mr. Trump were removed from office by Congress, a significant portion of this country would see this as a coup.”
Comey’s firing led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose report on Russian interference in the 2016 election is expected to be completed soon.
“I have no idea whether the special counsel will conclude that Mr. Trump knowingly conspired with the Russians in connection with the 2016 election or that he obstructed justice with the required corrupt intent,” Comey wrote. “I also don’t care. I care only that the work be done, well and completely. If it is, justice will have prevailed and core American values will have been protected at a time when so much of our national leadership has abandoned its commitment to truth and the rule of law.”