Former FBI director James Comey has revealed that he was surprised that even ‘mob boss’ Donald Trump would fire him in the middle of the Russia investigation.
Comey appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday to promote his new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, in which he compared Trump to a mobster who lived in a ‘cocoon of alternative reality.’
Colbert asked Comey that: ‘If you felt you were working for a mob boss, were you surprised you got whacked? Cause that’s what they do.’
James Comey and Stephen Colbert toasted ‘To the truth’ on Tuesday’s The Late Show as the former FBI director discussed his time working under Trump
Comey revealed that he was surprised that even ‘mob boss’ Donald Trump (pictured in February) would fire him in the middle of the Russia investigation
‘I actually was quite surprised,’ Comey admitted, ‘because I thought, I’m leading the Russia investigation. Even though our relationship was becoming strained, there’s no way I’m going to get fired or whacked,’ Comey said.
Colbert demanded to know why not.
‘Because that would be a crazy things to do. Why would you fire the FBI director whose leading the Russia investigation?’ Comey asked.
‘Because you are leading the Russia investigation!’ Colbert fired back. ‘I don’t know if you’ve dealt with mob bosses before, but they don’t like to be investigated.’
Colbert asked Comey that: ‘If you felt you were working for a mob boss, were you surprised you got whacked? Cause that’s what they do’
Comedy replied that he was surprised because firing someone leading the Russian investigation would be a ‘crazy thing to do’
Comey was fired by Trump last May and later announced that the Russian probe he was heading had played a role in the decision.
Meanwhile Comey has hinted that he still has a few secrets about that probe which are yet to be made public.
‘Can you tell me?’ Colbert asked.
‘Uh, no,’ Comey answered, explaining that he couldn’t even add the information in his book – which had to be reviewed by the FBI before publication.
‘It’s not in the book and I can’t talk about it,’ he added.
‘Okay. Drink some more wine,’ Colbert responded. The host had poured himself and Comey each a paper cup of Pinot Noir – in reference to Comey’s comments in his book how he’d flown home to the East Coast drinking wine in a paper cup after being fired.
Former FBI Director James Comey arrives for a taping of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ in Manhattan on Tuesday
Comey was all smiles as he arrived for another leg of his book promotion tour
The former FBI Director is promoting his new book a Higher Loyalty in New York
At one point during the light hearted interview, the pair toasted ‘To the truth’.
Colbert then focused on Special Counsel Robert] Mueller, who is now in charge of the Russian probe, asking what would happen if Trump decided to fire him.
‘I think most likely it goes on. I think you would need to fire everyone in the Justice Department and the FBI to stop that investigation,’ Comey replied. ‘I think it would be very hard to shut that down by firing [Mueller].’
‘Well, it’s hard to fire the FBI director, too,’ Colbert said.
Comey will continue with his book tour on ‘The View’ on Wednesday.
The interview comes after Comey said in his book, that Trump reminded him of a mafia boss who demanded absolute loyalty, saw the entire world against him, and lied about everything.
The appearance on the Late Show comes days after Comey said Trump is ‘morally unfit’ to be president on 20/20
Trump spent part of Sunday morning tweeting attacks against his former top cop, saying he should go to jail for leaking information about their meetings to the press
According to excerpts of the book leaked by US media on Thursday, Trump was also obsessed with the alleged existence of a video in which Russian prostitutes said to be hired by Trump urinated on the bed in a Moscow hotel room.
Comey, whom Trump fired in May 2017, says the US president lives in ‘a cocoon of alternative reality’ that he tried to pull others around him into, according to The Washington Post.
Meetings with Trump gave Comey ‘flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob,’ he writes.
‘The silent circle of assent. The boss in complete control. The loyalty oaths. The us-versus-them worldview. The lying about all things, large and small, in service to some code of loyalty that put the organization above morality and above the truth.’
According to the New York Post, Comey says Trump was obsessed with the ‘pee tape’, the existence of which was first reported by a former British intelligence agent, who researched alleged links between Trump’s campaign and Russia.