James Comey doesn't think Trump should be prosecuted: 'I'd rather the lights go out'

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During Tuesday’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, former FBI Director James Comey weighed in on whether outgoing President Trump should be charged for the recent attack on Capitol Hill. While Comey believes Trump should bear some responsibility for the attack, he doesn’t support charging the president for the insurrection.

“I just don't think that the mission Joe Biden has before him,” said Comey, “which is to heal our country both spiritually and literally because so many of our fellow Americans are dying, is not advanced by having Donald Trump get what he wants most, which is to be in the drama, in Washington every single day.”

And while Comey supports Trump being prosecuted for state crimes, like the cases pending in New York, he does not want a national trial.

“I'd rather the lights go out,” said Comey. “Which is the greatest punishment he could imagine. Stand on your lawn at Mar-a-Lago and yell at cars, but not have the lights on there, and let Joe Biden get on with the business of the United States.”

Comey also warned that the former reality TV star craves a lot of attention and affirmation. Since Trump has been banned from most social media platforms, Comey worries he may act out before the transfer of power on Jan. 20.

“This is a person,” said Comey, “for whom affirmation is like oxygen. He craves it. He needs it. And now he's not only not getting it. He will perceive betrayal by those closest to him. And this is going to be a very, very difficult time for our country over the next eight days.”

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on CBS.

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