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Comey: US not in a 'constitutional crisis,' but system is being tested

Comey: US not in a 'constitutional crisis,' but system is being tested
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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 Thursday in a CNN town hall that he does not believe, as some top Democrats have said, that the U.S. is in a "constitutional crisis."

“I actually don’t think so,” Comey said when asked by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper whether the U.S. was in a constitutional crisis.

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“We’re in a time where our constitutional design, the genius of our Founders, is going to be tested, and I think it’s up for it,” he added during the town hall on the 2-year anniversary of his firing.

He said the battle between the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government will be fought in the courts.

“A crisis would be if the United States courts say, ‘No, Mr. President, you must comply with this demand’ and he says, ‘No,’ then," Comey said. "We’re not there."

Comey said he did believe the U.S. political system was being “stress-tested.”

Both House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiWhite House races clock to beat GOP attacks Sunday shows - Infrastructure dominates Liz Cheney says allegations against Gaetz are 'sickening,' refuses to say if he should resign MORE (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis Nadler10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump On The Trail: How marijuana went mainstream House passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers MORE (D-N.Y.) have said they believe the U.S. is in a "constitutional crisis."

The Democrats made the remarks after the Judiciary panel voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to produce an unredacted version of 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's report and its underlying evidence. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpGaetz was denied meeting with Trump: CNN Federal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Police in California city declare unlawful assembly amid 'white lives matter' protest MORE on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over the report, which was released in redacted form last month.