In his upcoming book “Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency and Trust,” Comey writes that the U.S. attorney general under Biden’s incoming administration should not “pursue a criminal investigation of Donald Trump,” according to The Guardian, which obtained a copy of the book.
He shared that he does not believe the Department of Justice should 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,” Comey writes.
The former FBI director, who was fired in May of 2017, adds, “Although those cases might be righteous in a vacuum, the mission of the next attorney general must be fostering the trust of the American people.”
Following Comey’s firing, Mueller was appointed to lead an investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia, and Russian election interference.
Distance offers perspective. Out January 12. pic.twitter.com/udikQl9NP1— James Comey (@Comey) January 5, 2021
In his upcoming book, Comey also weighs in on reports Trump may potentially pardon himself. However, the former FBI director notes a self-presidential pardon amounts to a confession of guilt, citing a 1915 Supreme Court ruling.
“By pardoning a resigned president, Ford had held [Nixon] accountable in a way that Trump would not be, even were he to be pardoned after losing re-election,” Comey writes in his book. “That might not be enough accountability in Trump’s case. Or it may be, especially if local prosecutors in New York charge Trump for a legacy of financial fraud.”
Comey’s book is set to be released on January 12.