Comey Says That Mueller Seems ‘Close’ to Naming Trump an ‘Unindicted Co-Conspirator’
Former FBI Director James Comey, in an interview with MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace, said that President Donald Trump is “certainly close” to being an unindicted co-conspirator in an ongoing investigation into campaign finance violations.
“But if he’s not there, he’s certainly close given the language in the filing that the crimes were committed at his direction,” Comey said, a reference to a court filing from federal prosecutors that former Trump attorney Michael Cohen acted at Trump’s behest to influence the 2016 presidential election campaign.
Comey added that was Trump not the president, he would be in “serious jeopardy” of being charged by prosecutors with the Southern District of New York.
“The government wouldn’t make that sponsoring allegation if they weren’t seriously contemplating going forward with criminal charges,” he said. “Where it stands here, I can’t say.”
Speculation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is closing in on Trump and his associates has run rampant since Cohen pleaded guilty to misleading members of Congress and Mueller recommended that former national security adviser Michael Flynn receive no prison time for providing the special counsel’s office with substantial information about the Trump campaign’s connections to Russian operatives.
You can watch the entire interview below:
The president lashed out at Comey on Sunday and accused him of lying to House investigators about the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful!” the president tweeted.
The president provided no evidence for his claim that the investigation is “a Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become President.”
Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful! This whole deal is a Rigged Fraud headed up by dishonest people who would do anything so that I could not become President. They are now exposed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2018