After Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said the Justice Department would prosecute President Trump if she was elected to the White House, former FBI Director James Comey called on politicians and candidates to leave talking about future prosecutions to law enforcement.
“Political candidates and elected officials should not talk about the future prosecution of any individual. Law enforcement decisions must be apolitical,” Comey said in a Saturday morning, June 15 tweet.
Political candidates and elected officials should not talk about the future prosecution of any individual. Law enforcement decisions must be apolitical.
— James Comey (@Comey) June 15, 2019
Democrat hopefuls Harris and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg both said if elected to the White House, they would support the DOJ criminally investigating Donald Trump, according to The Associated Press.
“I believe that they would have no choice and that they should, yes,” Harris said.
“There has to be accountability,” Harris added. “I mean look, people might, you know, question why I became a prosecutor. Well, I’ll tell you one of the reasons. I believe there should be accountability. Everyone should be held accountable, and the president is not above the law.”
“My Justice Department will be empowered to reach its own conclusions—nobody is above the law,” Buttigieg told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Saturday, adding that President Trump believes he can just “dictate what the DOJ is gonna do.”
Comey’s tweet set social media on fire on Saturday. Here are a couple of reactions on Twitter, according to Redstate.
“Just as he apolitically decided not to prosecute Hillary, and just as he apolitically decided to spy on Trump campaign. What an outstanding messenger for this message! Bravo!”
“Considering you anonymously gave classified information to the press multiple times as head of the FBI, continuing to bring attention on yourself may not be your best strategy.”
“Delete your account.”
“FBI leadership should also be apolitical but we all know how that worked out when you were in charge…”
“Oh that’s ripe…..”
“maybe sit this one out my dude”
“OMG that is hilarious! zero self awareness…this coming from the man who completely politicized the FBI.”