FBI Director James Comey: Want to “Show People What We’re Really Like”
FBI Director James Comey, at an event on Wednesday, while accepting that people were “confused” by its actions last year, cleared the air on the FBI stating it was “not on anybody’s side.”
At the event, which was being held in honor of a new television documentary on the FBI, Comey said, “We confused people — we did a lot last year that confused people, because they’re seeing the world…through sides. If you see the world through sides, the FBI doesn’t make a lot of sense to people. Because you’re saying, ‘why did they help this person and hurt that [person]?'”
Comey continued, saying, “We don’t see the world that way. We are not on anybody’s side. We really don’t care. We’re trying to figure out what’s true, what’s fair, that’s the right thing to do.”
Comey’s comments come at the same time as President Trump’s comments on Fox News, blaming Comey for saving Hillary Clinton during the 2016 elections. Trump had gone a step further mentioning it wasn’t “too late” to ask the FBI director to step down.
In the interview with Maria Bartiromo, Trump said, “Director Comey was very, very good to Hillary Clinton, that I can tell you. If he weren’t, she would be, right now, going to trial.”
Through the launch of the new documentary – ‘Newseum’ – Comey hopes to lift the curtain that currently sits over the organization in order to improve the public image of the FBI, particularly after the year of intense scrutiny it faced.
“We have to care what the people think of us because the faith and confidence of the American people is the bedrock that allows us to be believed, and by being believed, to accomplish the good that they try to do in this country. We want to find as many different things as possible to show people what we’re really like. And especially in a hyper partisan country, which is what we are right now, to understand we are not on anybody’s side,” Comey said.
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