Collins: Comey Shouldn’t Be Cashing In On Book Amidst Russia Investigation

• April 22, 2018 11:51 am


Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) attacked former FBI Director James Comey for the timing of his new book on Sunday, saying she couldn't imagine why he'd try to "cash in" in the midst of the Russia investigation.

Comey has been promoting A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership this month, which includes recounting his interactions with President Donald Trump before being fired last year and his handling of the Hillary Clinton of the email investigation.

"What do you make of James Comey … What advice you would give a future FBI director?" "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd asked Collins.

"Well, if I were advising a future FBI Director I would say two things. One, always follow the Department of Justice's protocol and guidelines, which unfortunately James Comey did not do in the Hillary Clinton investigation," Collins said.

She also criticized Comey for leaking FBI work documents knowing they would go to the press.

"Second would be don't write a book in the middle of an investigation," Collins said.

Todd asked her whether she thought the book could be disruptive to the Robert Mueller Russia probe.

"That's what worries me," Collins said. "I cannot imagine why an FBI director would seek to essentially cash in on a book when the investigation's very much alive. He should have waited to do his memoir."