Clinton: No surprise Trump is joking about throwing reporters in jail

Clinton: No surprise Trump is joking about throwing reporters in jail
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Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick Ron Johnson subpoenas documents from FBI director as part of Russia origins probe Juan Williams: Older voters won't forgive Trump for COVID MORE said in a recent speech that it’s not a surprise President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE jokes about jailing journalists.

The New York Times reported that Clinton made the remarks Sunday at PEN America’s World Voices Festival.


“Although obsessed with his own press coverage, he evaluates it based not on whether it provides knowledge or understanding, but solely on whether the daily coverage helps him and hurts his opponents,” Clinton reportedly said of Trump.

“Now given his track record, is it any surprise that, according to the latest round of revelations, he joked about throwing reporters in jail to make them ‘talk'?” she asked.

The Times notes that this comment was an apparent reference to a memo written by former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyTrump: Yates either lying or grossly incompetent Yates spars with GOP at testy hearing Trump knocks Sally Yates ahead of congressional testimony MORE, who said he spoke to Trump about jailing reporters. 

Comey told Trump he was “eager to find leakers and would like to nail one to the door as a message," but he also said it was "tricky" to prosecute journalists.

“I said something about the value of putting a head on a pike as a message,” Comey wrote in the memo.

Comey said Trump responded by saying it could mean having to place journalists in jail.

“’They spend a couple days in jail, make a new friend, and they are ready to talk,’ ” Comey quoted the president as saying about journalists.