- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 2, 2019

Former FBI director and frequent President Trump critic James Comey will take questions during a live CNN town hall next week.

The town hall moderated by Anderson Cooper will air at 8 p.m. on May 9, from Washington, D.C., the network announced Wednesday.

May 9 marks exactly two years since Mr. Comey was famously fired by Mr. Trump, purportedly over his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

CNN has recently held town halls for most of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. Mr. Comey, who is not a contender, fueled speculation on April 1 that he was joining the race, only to reveal later that it was an April Fools Day prank.

On Wednesday, Mr. Comey, who was appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2013, penned an op-ed for The New York Times saying Mr. Trump’s appointees sometimes make “compromises” to survive in his administration.



“Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump and that adds up to something they will never recover from,” Mr. Comey wrote. “It takes character like (former Secretary of Defense James) Mattis’s to avoid the damage, because Mr. Trump eats your soul in small bites.”

 

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