Fired FBI director James Comey implied Saturday during an appearance at Politicon 2019 that if President Donald Trump is reelected he will move to New Zealand.
While such a move would be a blow to the DC deep state, Americans may have cause to feel a little safer about its institutions of government.
Comey was being interviewed by MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace — this being instructive of the relationship the disgraced former bureau director has with the media — Saturday at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., when Wallace cited a New York Times piece on Comey to ask about the end of the Trump presidency.
“I am optimistic that even if there is not an impeachment proceeding and a removal from office, whether or not that happens, the American people are going to pass judgment on what kind of country we want to be,” Comey said.
“But we have something in common… We have a set of values that are at the core of this country that hold this place together,” he added, before going on to talk about the “glue” that holds America together — this being common values, although if you speak to a Democrat and a Republican you get two distinct interpretations of those values.
“And I think the American people are alert to the threat that is above our policy disagreements, which are important,” Comey said. “Guns are an incredibly important issue. Immigration, abortion, taxes are really important. But above that is something that we have in common, that’s non-negotiable: our leaders must reflect the glue that holds us together. They can’t be people who lie all the time. They just can’t. I hope people see that’s true whether they are Republicans or Democrats.”
Of course, he’s talking about the man who fired him and while he didn’t say Trump’s name, Wallace took care to drive that point home.
“What if he wins again? Will you still believe that?” she asked, speaking of President Trump.
“From my new home in New Zealand, I will — I still will believe in America,” Comey deadpanned.
Wallace was thoroughly entertained, letting out a loud Hillary-esque chuckle.
In the interview, the disgraced former FBI director who essentially set the effort in motion said he supported the Trump impeachment inquisition.
“The House has no choice but to pursue an impeachment inquiry,” he said. “All I know about the facts are coming from news accounts.”
It goes without saying that the bureau under Comey launched the investigation of the Trump campaign, which would then be taken over by special counsel Robert Mueller — Comey signed and approved three of the four FISA warrant applications that let the FBI spy on the campaign.
In the eyes of some Republican lawmakers, Comey tried to set Trump up at a Jan. 6, 2017 defensive briefing.
Comey was joined by former CIA director John Brennan, former NSA Director Mike Rogers, and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and he planned “to spring a scandalous allegation on President-elect Trump [and] quickly record his reaction,” the Washington Examiner reported.
This being a reference to the salacious, unverified Steele dossier, with the Examiner reporting that Comey was out to get “information of value” from Trump in a one-on-one meeting that occurred after the others left the room — the newspaper described this effort as an “ambush.”
Skeptics on social media had their own thoughts on Comey moving to New Zealand, to include former Trump aide Sebastian Gorka.
Here’s a quick sampling from Twitter:
So move, traitor! @Comey
— CliveEndiveOgiveIV (@ClivetheClubGuy) October 27, 2019
He will be extradited.
— A.L. Perry (@aa_perry) October 26, 2019
Didn’t know we had a prison program with NZ. Things I learn.
— CaffeinatedMan (@CaffeineMan711) October 26, 2019
Now, Trump wins in a landslide…
“Make America Comey-less”
— Conservative in Marin (@JNOV57) October 26, 2019
Pretty insulting that he assumes they’ll take him. Other countries have real immigration laws, Jim.
— Rich Osborne (@SalKitchen) October 26, 2019
Won’t help Mr Comey … New Zealand has a robust extradition treaty with the US. https://t.co/KeBkepacR6
— John Ruddick (@JohnRuddick2) October 27, 2019
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