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 ComeyComey says he has a 'fantasy' about deleting his Twitter account after end of Trump term We need answers to questions mainstream media won't ask about Democrats Trump 'constantly' discusses using polygraphs to stem leaks: report 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 PelosiWhy calls for impeachment have become commonplace The Constitution doesn't require a vote to start the impeachment process Louisiana voters head to the polls in governor's race as Trump urges GOP support MORE (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry 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) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE's report and its underlying evidence. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over the report, which was released in redacted form last month.