Comey appeared on the “Today” show Tuesday where it was mentioned that the District of Columbia’s attorney general shared on Monday that he is looking into whether Trump can be charged for incitement of the U.S. Capitol riot.
The former FBI director, who was fired in 2017, was then asked about previously stating that Trump should not be prosecuted and if his opinion has changed since.
“The president needs to be sanctioned for his behavior and held accountable,” Comey said. “I think it is important that he be impeached.”
Comey said that Trump being on TV for the next three or four years does not “help” President-elect Joe Biden “heal” the U.S.
He continued, “I still think it would be better for this country if we move past a fallen and corrupt president, and turned off the television lights on him, which in some ways, would be the greatest punishment he could imagine.”
Watch Comey’s interview below:
“I still think it would be better for this country if we move past a corrupt president and turn off the television lights on him.” -Former FBI Director James @Comey on President Trump pic.twitter.com/4vDws9D0Ie— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 12, 2021
Comey wrote in a book, released on Tuesday, that the U.S. attorney general under Biden’s administration should not “pursue a criminal investigation of Donald Trump.”
He said that the Department of Justice should not investigate Trump “no matter how compelling the roadmap left” by special counsel Robert Mueller or “how powerful the evidence strewn across his history of porn stars and financial fraud.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told his Republican colleagues that Trump acknowledged he bears “some responsibility for what happened” last Wednesday when protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol, during a phone call Monday morning, according to reports.
House Democrats are urging Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump. Congressional Democrats also unveiled an article of impeachment against Trump on Monday, charging him with “incitement of insurrection.”