Former New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday assailed the “hubris” of former FBI Director James Comey for declaring that he considered the political consequences of his investigative decisions.
In remarks on ABC News’ “This Week,” Christie called Comey’s admission in an interview with George Stephanopoulos airing Sunday “a really sad day.”
“I’ll have to tell you, [as] somebody who worked with Jim Comey and then for Jim Comey, it's a really sad day… to hear Jim sit in [Stephanopoulos’s] interview and say that he considered the polling when deciding” about whether to announce the reopening of the Hillary Clinton email probe in late October 2016.
“When I worked for Jim, if I had said to him 11 days before an election that I was going to release information that could potentially effect the election, and one of the things that influenced me was polling, he would have fired me. He would have fired me on the spot. And it is really disconcerting to me as a guy who worked with him in form and have defended him on this air and other places over the years to see this interview and what he was saying.
It is exactly what they teach you not to do. And I think it’s unfortunate that Jim’s — who’s a good guy. A good family, a good person and was a very good prosecutor. But he began to believe his own press clippings. And it’s the biggest danger in public life. And the hubris that he shows in that interview is extraordinary to me. Not the guy that I worked with or worked for. And it’s sad.
There's a rule in the Justice Department, and everybody who works there knows it, 60 days before an election you do nothing about somebody who is going to be on the ballot.
This guy did it 11 days before and he's the leader. Where was the deputy attorney general? It's like Sally Yates is in the Witness Protection Program. So if there's this awful confidential information about Loretta Lynch that Jim Comey, you know, stirred up.
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