During an interview on MSNBC, former White House press secretary Jen Psaki engaged in a discussion with former FBI director James Comey about the potential consequences if the Republican Party were to nominate Donald Trump for president once again, only to witness his legal troubles catch up to him.
The interview, which aired on Sunday, started by addressing the reports claiming that prosecutors possess an audio recording of Trump admitting to the improper possession of classified documents. While Comey admitted uncertainty about the outcome of the Mar-a-Lago documents case, he highlighted that the existence of such a tape would significantly strengthen the case against Trump.
Psaki and Comey found amusement in recalling Comey’s famous quip from 2017, “Lordy, I hope there are tapes,” given the current circumstances. Psaki then raised concerns about the possibility of Trump becoming the GOP nominee while his legal cases are still pending.
Comey acknowledged that federal law enforcement is facing immense pressure to conduct thorough investigations into Trump and make decisions on potential charges before the upcoming election draws near. Psaki questioned whether there could be a scenario in which Trump wins the presidency again, causing a delay in the pursuit of justice.
“I could. I don’t want to, but I could,” responded Comey. He expressed his disbelief at the chaotic world Trump has created, suggesting that it is not out of the realm of possibility for Trump to accept the nomination at the Republican convention while wearing an ankle bracelet due to legal proceedings.
Expanding on the hypothetical scenario, Psaki contemplated the idea of Trump being elected in November while still wearing an ankle bracelet. Comey concurred, acknowledging the surreal nature of the situation. He noted that it would be considered strange and awkward, even in a fictional script. However, he emphasized that the reality we face is that the Republicans may nominate someone who is under serious criminal investigation, potentially facing indictment, and the consequences of that remain uncertain.
Can you envision a scenario where Trump manages to win back the White House and justice is delayed?” Psaki asked.
“I could. I don’t want to, but I could,” Comey said. “It’s a crazy world that Donald Trump is dragging this country into, but he could be wearing an ankle bracelet while accepting the nomination at the Republican convention.”
Psaki added to the hypothetical by saying Trump also “could be wearing an ankle bracelet, and be elected in November.”
“Yeah. It would be rejected if you put in a script for a show. But you could have a president who is potentially incarcerated when he’s elected president,” Comey said. “So that would be weird and awkward, and it seems even crazy to be coming out of my mouth, but that is the situation we face. It looks like the Republicans likely could nominate someone who is under serious threat of criminal