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Mike Rogers: Trump, Comey Acting Like 'Kids'

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Former House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers (AP)

By    |   Monday, 16 April 2018 02:33 PM

President Donald Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey are acting like "two kids in the schoolyard" fighting with each other, and the insults and accusations need to stop, former House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, an ex-FBI investigator, said Monday.

"I think this pejorative nature has to end," Rogers, now a CNN national security correspondent, told "New Day" co-host Alisyn Camerota of the president's tweets about Comey, who he has labeled as a "slimeball."

However, Comey is taking Trump's "bait," Rogers said, and "he shouldn't do that."

"The director needed to be bigger than that," Rogers said, while commenting on Comey's interview Sunday night with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "Unfortunately, last night he was not. So, again, it looks like two kids in the schoolyard, hurling insults at each other."

Their behavior is not helpful heading into the 218 elections, Rogers added.

"We know the Russians are trying to influence the 2018 elections," he told Camerota. "They said it's happening. Now, all that's going to get lost one more time. It gives the Russians a seam, which they are very good at finding."

Rogers said he is also "disappointed" in Comey, who he has always considered a decent and honorable man.

"I worked with him as chairman; never had any issue, would never question his voracity," Rogers said. "But as the FBI director in the middle of an investigation, to even speculate that the president may have committed a crime . . . I just thought that really damages his brand and the FBI brand."

The agency, he continued, does not want police officers going out and making accusations when someone is deemed to not be morally fit, and the FBI should not be either.

At the same time, Rogers thinks Comey took the bait, and he was thinking with emotions over the situation with Trump.

"I can't think of a more horrific way to fire someone who had given honorable service to his country," said Rogers, as Comey thinks what he was doing was right.

"To get treated this way was unconscionable," Rogers said. "It gives legs to everybody who now wants to condemn the FBI as a political organization or an organization that decided they would investigate the president because they didn't like him or didn't like his morals."

Rogers said he also does not think Comey should have made the mistakes of pulling back on statements about 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, going back to them, and then coming back with more.

"None of that is where the FBI is or should be," Rogers said. "I didn't think that was his place."

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