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

Former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGOP senator calls Comey a ‘hack politician’ who ‘knows what’s coming’ Comey: ‘The FBI doesn’t spy, the FBI investigates’ Nadler threatens McGahn with contempt over failure to turn over documents 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump pledges 8M for Florida hurricane recovery Marie Harf leaving Fox to join Moulton’s campaign The Memo: Trump taxes put new spotlight on business record MORE (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThe Hill’s Morning Report – Can Barr and House Dems avert contempt clash? CNN, Fox, MSNBC air split-screens of Nadler and empty chair for Barr Any infrastructure program will be swallowed by the swamp 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 MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘s report and its underlying evidence. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMcMaster accuses some in White House of being a ‘danger to the Constitution’ Trump predicts Dem investigation will drive him to 2020 win Trump hits O’Rourke: ‘Boy has he fallen like a rock’ MORE on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over the report, which was released in redacted form last month.

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