Comey Versus . . . Obama? Ousted FBI Director Says Former President 'Jeopardized' DOJ

"He shouldn’t have done it. It was inappropriate."

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It's rather evident that ousted former FBI Director James Comey has no love for President Donald Trump, but according to unaired segments from Comey's Sunday night interview with ABC News, he's not a fan of former President Obama either.

According to Fox News, Comey "rips" Obama in his upcoming book for compromising the impartiality of his administration — and the impartiality of the Department of Justice — by suggesting to media that an investigation into Hillary Clinton's misuse of classified information was a partisan circus.

“We had the problem that President Obama had twice publicly basically said, 'There’s no there, there.' In an interview with—on Fox, an interview on '60 Minutes,' I think. Both times he said that. So that’s his Justice Department,” Comey reportedly said during the dropped segment.

“He’s a very smart man and a lawyer. And so it surprised me. He shouldn’t have done it. It was inappropriate,” Comey continued.

The same statement appeared in an excerpt from the book published earlier this week.

“Contributing to this problem, regrettably, was President Obama. He had jeopardized the Department of Justice’s credibility in the investigation by saying in a '60 Minutes' interview on Oct. 11, 2015 that Clinton’s email use was a ‘mistake’ that had not endangered national security,” Comey wrote in his memoir.

“To this day, I don’t know why he spoke about the case publicly and seemed to absolve her before a final determination was made,” Comey continues. “If the president had already decided the matter, an outside observer could reasonably wonder, how on earth could his Department of Justice do anything other than follow his lead.”

Comey has tried to point fingers at other members of Obama's administration over his own handling of the Hillary Clinton email inquiry. In interviews, and in published excerpts, he's taken issue not just with Trump, but former FBI Deputy Andrew McCabe, and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Lynch fired back, saying in a statement late Sunday that she was not aware of any irregularities in Clinton's case because Comey had never mentioned them, even though she and Comey interacted regularly.

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