James Comey: Democrats Must Oust Trump in 2020—'Make Sure the Lies Stop'

Former FBI Director James Comey called on Democrats to oust President Donald Trump should he run in the 2020 election.

Speaking to an audience at the 92nd Street Y on New York City's Upper East Side on November 9, the former registered Republican also urged American voters to "use every breath" to "make sure the lies stop," CNN reported.

"I understand the Democrats have important debates now over who their candidate should be," Comey told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, "but they have to win. They have to win."

Comey added that he would prefer a Democratic "landslide" in 2020 to impeachment to avoid the impression Trump was ousted in a "coup."

Earlier that day, Trump blasted Comey in two tweets, accusing him of lying during a closed-door testimony to lawmakers on November 7. "On 245 occasions, former FBI Director James Comey told House investigators he didn't know, didn't recall, or couldn't remember things when asked," the president wrote.

"Leakin' James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day. His Friday testimony was so untruthful," he continued.

Comey rubbished Trump's claims at the November 7 event. "My reaction to it is actually disturbing to me, which is kind of, 'Eh, there he goes again.' I thought I was 'Lyin' James Comey'; now I'm 'Leakin' James Comey,'" he said.

"But I kind of shrug and sometimes smile and laugh about it, and then I have a secondary reaction, which is to be horrified at my own numb reaction," he continued. "We have to remind ourselves the president of the United States of America is publicly announcing that people are committing crimes, that they should be in jail."

During his six-hour testimony on November 7, Comey revealed that the FBI had investigated four Americans for their ties to Russia. The president, a transcript of his testimony revealed, was not probed over allegations of Russian interference.

Comey also blasted a recent claim from Trump that he and Robert Mueller were good friends on "hugging and kissing" terms. "I admire the heck out of the man, but I don't know his phone number, I've never been to his house, I don't know his children's names. I think I had a meal once alone with him in a restaurant. I like him. I am not a―I'm an associate of his who admires him greatly. We're not friends in any social sense."

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Former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey speaks to the media on Capitol Hill after testifying to the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, on December 7. Alex Wong/Getty Images
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