[Ed. – Comey asks, ‘How could a federal judge possibly know enough about an investigation to offer a view like that?’ Maybe Comey should try reading the hearing transcript.]
Former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday criticized a judge who voiced skepticism about the prosecution of Paul Manafort, saying the judge’s comments about overstepping were themselves going too far.
“I don’t know how a federal judge could possibly know enough about an investigation … to offer a view like that,” Comey said in an interview with The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig.
U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis last week told Justice Department prosecutors that he thought the financial crimes charges against the former Trump campaign chairman were really about “getting information that Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment or whatever.”
Comey also said that as an American, he thought President Donald Trump should cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — but if he were Trump’s lawyer, “you’d have to be very thoughtful about that given that your client is somebody who lies a lot.”