Disgraced former FBI Director James Comey attacked President Donald Trump, the Republican Party, Fox News, and Americans on Monday as he complained about having to testify in front of Congress.
"So another day of Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Steele dossier," Comey said. "This while the President of the United States is lying about the FBI, attacking the FBI and attacking the rule of law in this country. How does that make any sense at all?"
"Republicans used to understand that the actions of a president matter, the words of a president matter, the rule of law matters, and the truth matters," Comey continued. "Where are those Republicans today?"
"At some point, someone has to stand up and in the face of fear of Fox News, fear of their base, fear of mean tweets," Comey said before taking questions. "Stand up for the values of this country and not slink away into retirement but stand up and speak the truth."
"This is not about Republicans and Democrats, this is about 'what does it mean to be an American?'" Comey declared. "What are the things that we care about? Above our policy disputes, which are important, there's a set of values that represent the glue of this country and they are under attack ... "
"We have to stop being numb to it, whether you're a Republican or Democrat, you need to stand on your feet, overcome your shame and say something," Comey whined, later adding: "People who know better, including Republican members of this body, have to have the courage to stand up and speak the truth, not be cowed by mean tweets or fear of their base. There is a truth and they’re not telling it. Their silence is shameful."
Comey then confronted a Fox News reporter who asked him if he shares any responsibility in the damage that has been done to the FBI's reputation.
"No," Comey arrogantly stated. "The FBI’s reputation has taken a big hit because the President of the United States, with his acolytes, has lied about it constantly, and in the face of those lies, a whole lot of good people who watch your network believe that nonsense! That’s a tragedy. That will be undone eventually, but that damage has nothing to do with me."
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