Former FBI director James Comey said on Sunday (January 17) he would like to see U.S. President Donald Trump impeached and barred from public office, but not prosecuted in criminal proceedings after he leaves office.
Speaking to Sky News’ Sophy Ridge, Comey described Trump as a demigod who had relied on lying to the American people to garner support.
The House of Representatives on Wednesday (January 13) approved an article of impeachment charging Trump with incitement of insurrection for a speech immediately before a crowd of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
The unprecedented Jan. 6 attack on the seat of Congress left five dead and led the House to impeach Trump a second time.
Pelosi declined to answer questions from reporters on Friday (January 15) about when she would send the article to the Senate, the step necessary to trigger a trial. But Trump is not expected to face trial before his term ends on Jan. 20, though lawmakers could bar him from running for office again.
Comey said on Sunday it would be in the country’s best interest for “the lights go out” after the impeachment processes to remove any platform the president has following his departure from office.
“He can stand on the lawn of Mar-a-Lago (Trump’s Florida home) and shout at cars in his bathrobe, and none of us will hear it. That’s probably the best thing for the country,” Comey added.
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