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Comey says Democrats "have to" beat Trump in 2020

James Comey
Former FBI Director James Comey. Photo: Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images

Former FBI Director James Comey urged Democrats to nominate the best possible candidate to defeat President Trump in 2020 at an event Sunday night, saying Americans must "use every breath we have to make sure the lies stop on January 20, 2021," CNN reports.

"We have to remind ourselves that the president of the United States of America is publicly announcing that people are committing crimes, they should be in jail — private citizens — that's not OK. And if we become numb to it, we risk surrendering the norm."

The backdrop: Comey has grown to become a vocal critic of Trump since being fired in May 2017, at various points labeling his presidency "an attack of our values" and the rule of law. That has opened him up to repeated character attacks from the president — most recently on Sunday, when Trump tweeted that "Leakin’ James Comey must have set a record for who lied the most to Congress in one day."