Former FBI Director James Comey said in an interview Wednesday that President Trump may have obstructed justice in his decision to fire him. (AP)
Former FBI Director James Comey wrote a scathing op-ed in the New York Times about President Trump and his influence over those in his administration, particularly Attorney General William Barr amid his Capitol Hill hearings following his summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Comey opined that many have wondered how a lawyer as “bright and accomplished” as Barr could be motivated to defend the president in ways that some would deem illegal, or how deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein could resign from his post while graciously thanking Trump after the president “relentlessly attacked him.”
“Amoral leaders have a way of revealing the character of those around them,” Comey wrote, highlighting the resignation of former secretary of defense James Mattis on the basis of principle. “But more often, proximity to an amoral leader reveals something depressing. I think that’s at least part of what we’ve seen with Bill Barr and Rod Rosenstein,” he continued.
“Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump and that adds up to something they will never recover from. It takes character like Mr. Mattis’s to avoid the damage, because Mr. Trump eats your soul in small bites.”