Throughout last year’s presidential election, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that he would appoint a special prosecutor to put Hillary Clinton on trial for her many crimes. On Wednesday, Trump said in an interview that Clinton would be facing a criminal trial at this very moment, were it not for FBI director James Comey.
Daily Mail reported that Trump told Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo that Comey saved Clinton by choosing not to prosecute her formishandling classified documents during her time as Secretary of State.
“DON’T FORGET WHEN JIM COMEY CAME OUT, HE SAVED HILLARY CLINTON,” TRUMP SAID. “PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE THAT. HE SAVED HER LIFE. BECAUSE I CALL IT ‘COMEY WON.’ AND I JOKE ABOUT IT A LITTLE BIT. WHEN HE WAS READING THOSE CHARGES, SHE WAS GUILTY OF EVERY CHARGE. AND THEN HE SAID SHE WAS ESSENTIALLY OK.”
The president was referring to a press conference Comey gave in July of last year in which he listed a litany of Clinton’s “reckless” improprieties, only to declare that he wouldn’t ask the Obama Justice Department to haul her into court. Trump confirmed that Clinton would be “going to trial” if Comey hadn’t been “very, very good” to her. He added that it’s not too late to have Comey step down.
“But you know, I have confidence in him,” Trump said of Comey. “We’ll see what happens. It’s going to be interesting. I want to give everybody a good fair chance. Director Comey was very, very good toHillary Clinton. That I can tell you. If he weren’t, she would be going to trial.”
When asked if he still plans to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton, Trump replied, “I don’t want to talk about that. I want to talk about positive.”