Former FBI Director James Comey will appear at a CNN town hall in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, about two years after he was fired by President Donald Trump.
Comey was appointed to head the FBI in the summer of 2013, and dismissed May 9, 2017. The town hall is scheduled to take place on the two-year anniversary of his firing. CNN host Anderson Cooper will moderate the proceedings.
Trump said at the time he fired Comey "because he wasn't doing a good job," and admitted the investigation into Russian election interference, which he referred to as "this Russia thing," was on his mind when he made the decision. Comey later testified to Congress that Trump told him, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty," during a private meeting before he was fired, according to CNN.
The former FBI director wrote in a recent op-ed for The New York Times that Trump "makes everyone a co-conspirator to his preferred set of facts, or delusions," as an explanation for why Attorney General William Barr has accused the FBI of "spying" on the 2016 Trump campaign.
He added, "proximity to an amoral leader reveals something depressing. I think that's at least part of what we've seen with Bill Barr and Rod Rosenstein. Accomplished people lacking inner strength can't resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump."
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