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Comedic actor Jeff Daniels, who plays fired FBI Director James Comey in a soon-to-be-released film, praised the real-life version of his character and predicted that President Donald Trump would soon be locked up.
In an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Scarborough, Daniels strongly suggested, among other things, that the president engaged in illegal behavior regarding his taxes, per a misleading New York Times story published on Sunday.
“We’re starting to see a president who is doing everything he possibly can, including lying about the pandemic, to stay out of jail. That’s who you’re voting for…is, is a president who is heading to prison,” Daniels said.
“And if I’m wrong, I guess we’re gonna find out,” he continued. “It’s so obvious. If the Trump administration were a movie, a script, they would kick it back because the villain is too obvious.”
Daniels to Trump voters: “We’re starting to see a president who is doing everything he possibly can, including lying about the pandemic, to stay out of jail. That’s who you’re voting for — a president who is heading to prison." pic.twitter.com/i9ER2kKZKr
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) September 28, 2020
The long-time actor stars in the Showtime-produced film “The Comey Rule,” which is ostensibly based on the former FBI director’s book. A clip of the movie posted online contains several references — to alleged financial ties between Trump and Russia; allegations of collusion with Moscow; and the Steele Dossier — that have been debunked time and again.
In discussing Comey, Daniels he “found that he’s a guy that believes in the rule of law. He looks at that as something bigger than he is. The same thing with the institutions, such as the FBI.”
Daniels said Comey “believes in protecting the integrity of the FBI. Those things matter to him like people’s religion matters to them and their god matters to them. There’s a sacredness to it.”
“When he got into these situations — Secretary [Hillary] Clinton’s use of the emails — threw him into, that the mistake where they missed those…300,000 emails in October leading up the election, that he now had to be thrust into…he relied on those things that he believed in,” Daniels claimed.
“None of those things are political, they’re apolitical. And that’s what I found in this guy, a guy that was trying to do the right thing as if that could save him, or save the integrity of the FBI.
“That’s what I found…what apolitical looks like, what apolitical thinks like, and why Jim did what he did,” Daniels adds.
Earlier in the interview, Daniels said “everybody respected the rule of law” and “those things that made America and make American the free country that it is…until now.”
“It’s been painfully obvious from before 2016 but certainly in the four years previous, and look at what happened yesterday,” he continued, a reference to the Times story. “That’s what autocrats do.”
“What I find even worse than Trump is the complicity of those in Congress, in the Senate,” he said. “I see a Republican Party that is no longer the Republican Party that my dad belonged to. It’s Trump’s Republican Party. And they are clinging to that like it’s the Titanic heading to the iceberg.
“A lot of the people in the country, and I live around a bunch of them, think that that party still exists,” said Daniels.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) last week released declassified information indicating that the FBI, under Comey’s direction, was aware that the information contained in former British spy Christopher Steele’s debunked ‘dossier’ was likely fed to him by a known Russian intelligence operative.
However, the bureau relied on it anyway to fraudulently obtain surveillance warrants against a Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, over and over again.
Comey is scheduled to appear before the Graham-led Judiciary Committee Sept. 30. He has said he will make himself familiar with the newly released information prior to testifying.
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