Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu blasted fired FBI Director James Comey for not having "the backbone" to tell Donald Trump that certain comments allegedly made by the president were making him uncomfortable.
Sununu, who served as chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush, made his remarks during an interview on CNN's "New Day."
They come after Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, where the ousted FBI chief said he believed he was directed by Trump during a private meeting to end a criminal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the Hill reported.
"(Comey) didn't have the backbone to take advantage of that one-on-one to tell the president what he should have told him," Sununu said. "That the president should not be leaning in any direction on these issues and if Comey felt uncomfortable, he had an obligation to tell the president in that one-on-one.
"The only pressure that could have been implied there is because Comey didn't have the backbone — if he felt there was pressure — to tell the president that that's not right." Sununu insisted the president did not "ask" for Comey to end the investigation into Flynn.
And he added: "It is not a pressure point. But if Comey took it as a pressure point — even incorrectly took it as a pressure point — he should have said something in the private conversation that the president had the courtesy to give him."
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