Pelosi: I Never Said Comey Should Be Fired

• June 5, 2017 11:58 am


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) shot down one of "The View" hosts Monday for stating she called for James Comey's firing as FBI Director.

Pelosi did not ever call directly for Comey's dismissal, but she did suggest he could be one of the "casualties" of a Hillary Clinton victory last November.

Co-host Sunny Hostin said Pelosi was among the voices who had criticized Comey for his role in the Clinton email investigation, particularly his late-October letter to Congress that reignited the investigation.

"You yourself said that you thought that Comey's behavior was inappropriate, his actions were inappropriate, and that he should be fired," Hostin said.

Pelosi quickly interrupted to say "I never said he should be fired."

Instead, she said her reaction was that Comey couldn't "take the heat" for his decisions on the Clinton case.

"He had an impact on the election. There's no question about that," Pelosi said.

Pelosi was among the many Democrats who had a change of heart about Comey once he wrote a letter to Congress that reignited attention for Clinton's private email use.

After Comey recommended no charges be brought against Clinton last summer, Pelosi said, "This is a great man. We are very privileged in our country to have him be the director of the FBI."

After his letter, however, she sharply criticized him for the decision, saying maybe he's "not in the right job."

"I think that we have to just get through this election and just see what the casualties are along the way," she said, implying Comey's job might be in jeopardy if Clinton won the presidency.

Ironically, Donald Trump won the election and ultimately fired Comey in May.