Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former FBI Director James Comey Likens U.S. President Trump to Mafia Boss

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former FBI Director James Comey Likens U.S. President Trump to Mafia Boss

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Comey likens Trump to Mafioso at Toronto talk

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TORONTO - Former FBI director James Comey likened U.S. President Donald Trump to a self-serving Mafia boss Thursday during a talk in which he defended the decision to reopen the Hillary Clinton email investigation just days before the 2016 vote.

Speaking in Toronto, Comey lamented the current state of American politics, suggesting truth has all but disappeared from public discourse.

"Ethical leadership is about having external reference points. Near as I can tell, this president only has one reference point and it is internal," Comey said during a conversation with bookstore executive Heather Reisman. "That's very similar to a Casa Nostra boss."

Trump, Comey went on, makes decisions without proper information because nobody wants to challenge him.

The president fired Comey, 57, a year ago this week amid reports he was unhappy with the FBI investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia. Just a week before his dismissal, Comey had given details to the U.S. Senate about the probe into Russia's alleged effort to sway the vote in Trump's favour.

Comey, however, refused to offer an assessment of whether an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into links between the Trump campaign and Russia might lead to impeachment proceedings or criminal charges against the president.

"I can't rely on anything I see in the media because there are no leaks coming out of Robert Mueller's operation, so I don't know what he knows," Comey said. "I really don't know what he has. What I do know is that he and his team are an all-star team of pros."

The former FBI boss, who has just released his book, "A Higher Loyalty," also discussed the email scandal that dogged Clinton, the former Democratic candidate who lost to Trump.

He was adamant he had no choice but to announce 11 days before the presidential vote that the FBI was reopening a probe into whether she had criminally mishandled classified information when she was secretary of state. …

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