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This combination photo shows President Donald Trump speaking during a roundtable discussion on tax policy in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on April 5, 2018, left, and former FBI director James Comey speaking during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, left, and Andrew Harnik)

Comey on Trump's calls to jail him: 'That is not okay, that is not normal'


Former FBI Director James Comey responded Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s tweets suggesting that he belongs in jail for crimes that the president claims he committed, expressing concern that the country has become “numb” to Trump’s violation of norms.

“The big questions in Comey’s badly reviewed book aren’t answered like, how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the FBI (why didn’t they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe’s $700,000 & more?” Trump tweeted Sunday in one of many attacks on Comey’s credibility in advance of the release of his book, “A Higher Loyalty.”

Comey, who was fired by Trump last May, has not been formally accused of leaking classified information or lying under oath, and he denies that he ever did either one.

In an interview with Sinclair's Scott Thuman Tuesday, Comey said his initial reaction to Trump’s claim that he deserves to be jailed was to shrug it off, but he hopes that is not how everyone else reacts.

“I catch myself because I worry that everybody just shrugs and we’ve become numb to the fact that the president of the United States routinely pronounces that private citizens should be in jail,” he said.

Trump has often demanded that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton be imprisoned and publicly encouraged the Justice Department to investigate his political enemies. He has alleged that others in the FBI and DOJ committed "many crimes" as well.

“This is the United States of America, for heaven’s sake,” Comey said. “That is not okay, that is not normal. We cannot become numb to that, or else we lose the rule of law.”

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