Comey: Not an overstatement to say it’s a dangerous time for our country
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Comey made the remark after ABC's George Stephanopoulos in their interview Sunday night said his forthcoming book had a “sense of alarm” about it.

“I worry that the norms at the center of this country —  we can fight as Americans about guns or taxes or immigration, and we always have,” Comey said. “But what we have in common is a set of norms. Most importantly, the truth. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident,’ right?”

Comey said he is worried about no longer “tethering" our leaders to that truth.

“Actually, the foundation of this country is in jeopardy when we stop measuring our leaders against that central value of the truth,” Comey said.

Comey’s memoir "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership," is to be released next week.