The former FBI director has urged Americans to vote Democrat and warned: "History has its eyes on us".
“All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall” he wrote on Twitter, referring to the upcoming senate mid-term elections.
Comey served both Republican and Democrat administrations until he was booted out by Trump in 2017. He had been a registered Republican but has lately expressed his dismay at the direction of the party.
This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that “Ambition must … counteract ambition.” All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.
— James Comey (@Comey) July 18, 2018
This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.
— James Comey (@Comey) July 16, 2018
The breaking point for Comey seems to have been Trump’s disastrous meeting with Putin. After Trump’s press conference with Putin, Comey tweeted: “This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country.”
The US President was strongly condemned by both sides of politics for siding with Putin against US intelligence agencies and saying he believed that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 US election. Trump has since said that he misspoke at the press conference.
“I came back and said ‘What is going on, what’s the big deal?’” Trump said, adding that he then read the transcript of the press conference and “realised that there (was) a need for some clarification”.
Even when walking back his comments, Trump seemed to equivocate, adding that the election interference “could be other people also”.
The upcoming mid-term elections could be a turning point in the Trump presidency
The US mid-term elections will take place on 6 November 2018. The Republicans currently hold 51 seats to the Democrats’ tally of 47. The Democrats are favoured to win the election.
If the Democrats retake control of the senate, Trump’s ability to implement his legislate agenda in Congress will be severely diminished. They will also gain greater subpoena power, giving them broaders cope to investigate the Trump administration. It would also mean they could block Trump from appointing conservative allies to the Supreme Court.
A lifetime Republican FBI Director, James Comey, just told a bunch of people, via Twitter, that they 'must vote for Democrats this fall'.
Let's just let that sink in for a minute.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) July 18, 2018
Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Russia to stay out of the upcoming election.
“It really better not happen again,” he said.