James Comey’s father defended the former FBI director while blasting Donald Trump, saying that the erratic president “belongs in an institution.”
“I’m convinced that he’s nuts,” J. Brien Comey, told NorthJersey.com referring to Trump.
“I thought he belonged in an institution. He was crazy before he became president. Now he’s really crazy.” added the elder Comey, a Republican who formerly served as a borough councilman.
Trump called Comey a “showboat” and a “grandstander.” In Allendale, NJ, however, residents who knew Comey, 56 — including his father — described a principled career man who always had a basic sense of right and wrong.
Trump fired James Comey as FBI director earlier this month. Lawmakers questioned the timing and motive for the ouster, which came amid an ongoing investigation into possible coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the election.
In a phone interview with CNN on Saturday, the elder Comey says his son was fired because President Donald Trump was “scared to death of him.”
J. Brien Comey called his son’s firing last week “a Trump deal.”
“Comey didn’t give him 100% loyalty, and Trump demands that of people who work with him,” the 86-year-old said.
Comey said his son, whom he described as a “straightforward and honest guy,” was fired “because Jim tells the truth, (while) Trump runs around lying most of the day.”