James Comey Quotes George Washington in Swipe at Trump
The next paragraph of Washington's address which Comey did not quote, continued on the theme, stating: "The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is, in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible."
âAgainst the insidious wiles of foreign influence...the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government.â Washingtonâs Farewell Address, 1796
Comey gave no other comment alongside the quote, but he has been strident in his criticism of Trump. In his book A Higher Loyalty, published this year, he describes what led up to the FBI reopening the email investigation into Hillary Clinton two weeks before U.S. election day, which some say favored Trump.