Comparing Comey to Snowden, Putin said, “It makes him not a security service director, but a civil activist advocating a certain belief.”
He added, “By the way, if he faces any kind of prosecution in this regard, we will provide political asylum in Russia for him as well. He should be aware of that.”
“What’s the difference between the FBI director and Mr.Snowden?“Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Thursday during his yearly live call-in show, saying that he would offer political asylum to fired FBI head James Comey in the same way Russia has sheltered former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
By phrasing a question uniquely constructed for these unusual times, Putin put a new spin on the ongoing saga over Russia’s alleged tampering in the U.S. election, links between President Trump’s inner circle and Russia, and allegations that the president tried to stop at least one line of inquiry.
Comey recently testified that Trump fired him after asking him to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn — a request that Comey says he memorialized in personal notes that he allowed to be leaked to the media.
“Comey said he’d written down his conversation with President Trump…
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