Comey: Impeaching Trump lets Americans 'off the hook'
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Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyShowtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges MORE said Sunday night he hopes President TrumpDonald TrumpFreedom Caucus member condemns GOP group pushing 'Anglo-Saxon political traditions' MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's new free speech site to ban certain curse words Secret Facebook groups of special operations officers include racist comments, QAnon posts: report MORE is not impeached because he believes it would let citizens "off the hook."

"I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty-bound to do directly," Comey said in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

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He said special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE should continue his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but added that he thinks Americans should be forced to reexamine their core values instead of fighting over political issues.

"People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values," Comey said, saying impeachment "in a way, would short-circuit that."

Comey’s interview coincided with the release of his book, “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,” which details his interactions with the president and the fallout from the 2016 presidential campaign.

In the days since the first excerpts of Comey’s book were released, President Trump has lashed out at the former FBI director, labeling him a “leaker and liar,” a “slimeball” and “worst FBI Director in history, by far!”

Trump fired Comey last May. His ouster from the FBI led to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.