Former Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., had some strong words for FBI Director James Comey Monday: "Please go away."
Frank was interviewed on Cheddar and was asked about Comey's appearance on Capitol Hill during which he discussed the bureau's investigations regarding Russia and the 2016 presidential campaign, along with President Donald Trump's claims Trump Tower was wiretapped last year.
"Please go away," said Frank, who retired from the House in 2013. "I think he's been a disaster."
"His announcement, first of all, when he announced that Hillary Clinton had not committed any crimes, he gave a political discussion of whether or not she'd been responsible. He compounded that outrage by purporting an investigation that clearly turned out to have no basis. It came up with nothing."
Frank, an openly gay Democrat, did praise Comey for shooting down Trump's suggestion about wiretapping. He was also satisfied with Comey's insistence Russia tried to influence last fall's presidential election.
Frank said Russia has become a troublemaker on the world stage in recent years.
"Russia has become, in the last few years under Putin, one of the major sources of irresponsible action," he said. "What they've done in Ukraine, the threats they've made elsewhere, the interventions on behalf of the ugliest and angriest extreme racists and a bigots in western Europe, supporting Marine Le Pen in France and others. That's very bad.
"And to the extent that you have a president who feels obligated to them, that's a serious issue that should be made clear."
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