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Comey throws his support behind Democrats in 2020, says Trump must lose in 'landslide' election

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Comey erases all doubt about where he stands on Trump

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If there existed any doubt about what former FBI Director James Comey thinks of President Donald Trump, Comey certainly made it clear Sunday night. Speaking at an event in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, Comey urged Americans to do everything in their power to ensure Trump doesn't win re-election in 2020, saying Democrats "have to win" the White House.

What did Comey say?

Speaking with MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Comey begged Democrats to set aside their ideological differences in order to nominate the candidate most suited to oust Trump.

"All of us should use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021," Comey said, according to CNN. "I understand the Democrats have important debates now over who their candidate should be, but they have to win. They have to win."

Comey made his support for Democrats so abundantly clear that he admitted he hopes Trump loses in a "landslide" election.

The former FBI director also addressed Trump's potential legal jeopardy in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian investigation. If Trump is not yet an unindicted co-conspirator in charges filed by Mueller and federal attorneys in the Southern District of New York, then "he's certainly close," Comey said.

Did Trump respond?

Trump typically responds to his detractors on Twitter, but has not yet directly responded to Comey's comments. However, Trump bashed his former FBI director on Sunday after transcripts from Comey's closed-door meeting with lawmakers last week revealed Comey was unable to answer hundreds of questions.

In response, Comey said: "My reaction to it is actually disturbing to me, which is kind of, 'Eh, there he goes again.' I thought I was 'Lyin' James Comey' now I'm 'Leakin' James Comey'."

"But I kind of shrug and sometimes smile and laugh about it and then I have a secondary reaction, which is to be horrified at my own numb reaction. We have to remind ourselves the president of the United States of America is publicly announcing that people are committing crimes, that they should be in jail," he added.

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