“I know Jim Comey as someone of great integrity.”
Despite being burned by his involvement in the 2016 presidential election, ex-FBI Director James Comey has put himself out there again in the 2020 race.
Comey donated nearly the maximum allowed amount to the campaign of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., according to newly released Federal Election Commission filings. During the first quarter of 2019, he forked over $2,700, and his wife did the same. By law, individuals can donate up to $2,800 to candidates during the primaries.
Rolling Stone noted that other high-profile Klobuchar donors included Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf, Twenty-First Century Fox CEO Dana Walden, and Zynga founder Mark Pincus. Her campaign has collected almost $9 million, including more than $5 million from individuals.
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As detailed in a recent Vogue profile of Klobuchar, she and Comey were in the same law school class at the University of Chicago. Comey told the magazine that he found Klobuchar “annoyingly smart” at the time.
Klobuchar also counts herself as an admirer of Comey. She took to Facebook to defend the former FBI Director after he was fired by President Donald Trump last May.
“I know Jim Comey as someone of great integrity,” she said at the time.
“I didn’t think he should have been fired and today,” she continued. “He was fired smack dab in the middle of a major investigation regarding a foreign power’s influence on our election. He was fired because he refused to back down.”
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According to the Mueller report, Trump dismissed Comey for refusing to publicly declare that the president was not personally a target of the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Under Comey’s leadership, the FBI surveilled the Trump campaign to determine whether it colluded with the Kremlin, but Special Counsel Robert Mueller later determined it did not.
Trump and his Republican supporters have accused the FBI of political bias against him, and questioned how the agency initiated and conducted the probe of his campaign. They have also challenged the FBI’s decision to close an overlapping investigation of Clinton’s use of a private server for official communications as secretary of state. Attorney General William Barr has said he is looking into the allegations.
Meanwhile, Democrats have blamed Comey for supposedly costing Clinton the election by briefly reopening the email probe days before the election.
Comey, a lapsed Republican, has been a vocal critic of Trump since his firing. He urged Americans to vote for Democrats in last year’s midterms as a check on the president, and campaigned for Rep. Jennifer Wexton. D-Va. While he did not vote in 2016, he has said, his wife and daughters all voted for Clinton and later attended the anti-Trump Women’s March.
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