Former FBI Director Comey on Trump’s convictions and the possibility of re-election

Former FBI Director James Comey says that while he believes former US President Donald Trump “will be defeated” in the upcoming presidential election, he does not believe that is a fact.

In an exclusive Canadian interview broadcast Sunday, Comey told CTV’s Question Period host Vassy Kapelos that he wouldn’t rule out a Trump victory in November, despite the former commander in chief’s felony convictions.

“Oh, sure, it’s possible,” he said. “I hate to say that about my own country, but sure. “I think it’s very unlikely, but I think it’s possible.”

On Thursday, Trump was found guilty of all 34 counts of falsifying business records to cover up a $130,000 hush payment (through his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen) to adult film actor Stormy Daniels, shortly before the 2016 presidential campaign.

The 12-member New York jury reached the verdict after nearly 12 hours of deliberations over two days.

Comey said he hopes the conviction will help sway undecided voters in the upcoming election, but he doubts Trump’s die-hard supporters, whom he likened to followers of a cult, will ever change their minds or vote.

“It’s important for the American people to see a lesson in civility,” he said when asked how important he thinks the verdict is. “This is what the rule of law looks like.”

“You can boast that you could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and not lose followers, but you will be held accountable,” he added. “And that’s what accountability looks like. Is that how it works.”

Trump also faces criminal charges in three other cases, including in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, alleged election interference in Georgia in 2020 and classified documents allegedly stolen from the White House.

However, none of those cases are expected to be resolved before the next presidential election in November.

In 2016, the FBI under Comey concluded that then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had been “extremely careless” in using a private email server for U.S. State Department business, but did not recommend pressing charges. .

Comey later came under fire after notifying Congress just days before the US presidential election that the FBI was investigating newly discovered emails. Clinton believed that contributed to his loss to Trump.

Two years later, an outside investigation found that Comey made an error in judgment but determined that he did not act with any political bias.

Comey, a former U.S. attorney and law enforcement official who served as FBI director from 2013 to 2017, when he was fired by Trump, also has a new book.

Her latest crime novel, “Westport,” the second in her Nora Carleton series, hit bookstores last week.

The series’ main character is loosely based on Comey’s eldest daughter, who in real life works as a federal prosecutor in Manhattan, but the former FBI director said there is also a Canadian connection.

“I’ve never actually said this to anyone in an interview,” he said. “I lived in college with a guy who fell in love with a Canadian woman and moved to Canada, and they still live with his children and grandchildren in Ottawa.”

“We went to visit her and she was taking graduate classes at Carleton University, or Carleton College, I don’t remember what it was called then,” he added. “And when she was trying to think of a last name for Nora, that came to mind, and that’s what I chose.”

You can watch Comey’s full interview on CTV’s Question Period on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

With files from CTV’s Question Period Senior Producer Stephanie Ha

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