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Alberto Gonzales: Comey Had an Obligation to Inform Someone at DOJ

If Comey did not notify his superiors of Trump’s pressure than Comey “failed in his job,” former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said.

Alberto Gonzales, attorney general under President George W. Bush, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo that former FBI Director James Comey had an obligation to inform someone at the Department of Justice (DOJ) that President Trump was pressuring him to end an FBI investigation during an interview on Friday.

“If, in fact, Jim Comey felt so strongly about the pressure he was feeling from the White House, he had an obligation … to notify either Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, Dana Boente, someone,” Gonzales told Cuomo.

Gonzales continued, “it is a job of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general to protect all of the bureaus and services and divisions within the Department of Justice.”

“It may very well be that Donald Trump not having served in office might not know that these conversations are inappropriate,” Gonzales noted.

Gonzales concluded, “I really have a serious issue. If in fact, Jim Comey did not notify his superiors, that is his job. That is the best thing he could do to protect the bureau. If he didn’t do that, then he failed in his job.”