WBEN's Exclusive Interview With James Comey


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This company one on one. With a WDs yeah. James couldn TV by your former FBI director goes one on one. With WB Guillen talking about that leaked memo and why he's speaking now. Of all times what's going now. To that interview. James Cummings why now we hear a witness and Robert Muller's Russia investigation. Are you risking anything by speaking. Publicly before this probe is over. Agree with you I don't think so my testimony the maybe someday I'll be a witness but the testimony I would give authority been locked down as prosecutors would say I've testified under oath. At length about it last year in the senate and even before that it was locked down because much of it is in memos I wrote at the time. And so as a former prosecutor I don't think there's much risk at all that that by talking about what I said a year ago under oath I create a problem as a witness. You don't John dean's testimony. Help bring down the Nixon administration he waited until the investigation was already telling this story. Now. And and maybe a different person would have made a different decision. I thought it would be a cowardly thing to wake given that speaking won't jeopardize the investigation. And that I thought I had something useful to say especially now about leadership which is what the book is about not about Donald Trump. And that there would be very very little risk to the investigation and by the way. The special prosecutor in the FBI knew for a long time I was gonna be writing a book and I submitted the manuscript to the FBI for review and there was no request that I and I'd do it thank you said just. Isn't about the president but it's all the headlines are obviously going to be about Donald trumpet is your goal of writing this book you said it's about leadership on achievable now that you you kind of no longer have this nonpartisan image. I don't think so I think. People read the book. They'll realize do two things in and tell the truth when I say it's not about Donald Trump it's about stories that helped me former picture including stories right do things and not proud of that helped me develop a picture what ethical leadership should look like. And that even if you think I'm an idiot I'm a pretty fair minded idiot and I'm not on either side and and I know the headlines we about Donald Trump but I hope people will look past those headlines. And read the book. In your leak of memos. What is that message sent to the rank and file FBI agents who feel like the agencies being dragged through the mud. Yep. After respectfully take issue with your press occasion I didn't leak memos. I gave a single unclassified. Personal memo that I had in my safe trip home to a friend and asked him to share the substance of with a journalist. So mean I guess Coakley wouldn't call the league but legally that's not a leak a private citizen can talk to the public about their fund class of our conversations with the president. That's what memoirs are full of Ford for generations in this country. And look I get why people question why did that I thought it was really important that I do at that moment. Because I thought there were tapes president trumpet tweeted about tapes and something needed to be done. To force the Justice Department to go get those tapes is this entire discussion this book could this interview right now turning the FBI into a political agency. Oh heck now. Affect the FBI is is the opposite of that people asked about the politicization of the FBI the FBI is not politicized since being attacked politically. But it is a resolutely apolitical organization and if you again if people take the time to actually read the book they will see that. You're going to have a lot of time on your hands would you ever consider running for office never. Never. Kelsay against the my wife gets it twice never. You know and though listening to some of the interviews say you've given including mad extend a moment the ABC you mentioned you went back to Loretta lynch is meeting. On the plane is sort of that point they kind of started this though whole journey off for you if that meeting on the plane never happened. Would you still be FBI director today. That's a great question. May be paid I don't know depends I can't live imagined lives it would it would turn on a whole bunch of different things. I might still. Have. Well we would have still closed in Hillary Clinton investigation. We would events still been in the same position at the end of October whether or not I did a press conference. And and so probably I'd be in the same boat if I could live that imagine life again I think I'd still be out of a job. Five years from now what will the American people think of James Toney. I hope I don't think much about James Komi at all I hope they've. Are having a conversation among themselves about American values and they don't remember me back. I'm not I have no interest in being famous I wanna be a great father and grandfather and teacher that's my next thing going to be a professor. And I'll be totally cool with they don't remember me.