Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover might have been closeted, racist and headed a bureau that threatened civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, on Wednesday’s episode of “The View,” co-host Meghan McCain told James Comey to his face that he should be more like Hoover.
“I think I had something useful to say,” he continued.
McCain began her questioning by quoting former senior White House advisor David Axelrod saying, “I have no doubt about its brilliance when it comes to book sales.
Maybe he should have called it ‘Higher Royalties,’” referencing the book title Higher Loyalty.
McCain said that people at his level don’t get there by being an idiot and she’d never accuse him of that. However, “maybe J. Edgar Hoover is rolling over in his grave at the things you’re revealing. It doesn’t seem like something the director of the FBI — why are you laughing?”
“He didn’t write a tell-all book when he left!” McCain said, perhaps not recalling that Hoover died while he was still the director of the FBI and before the director position had term limits.
“Did he say he was a cross dresser?” Behar joked.
“Can I finish my question?” McCain snapped. “What would you say to that?”
“That I don’t think of it as a tell-all,” he said. “It’s a whole lot more than the stories that are in the last few chapters of the book. It’s about mistakes I have made, things I’m very much ashamed of, I did when I was younger.
It’s a story about portions of my life to try to tell a story. It has no classified information or sensitive information, and I know that because I wrote it and the FBI reviewed it.”
“I feel like the Republican Party left me and people like me,” he said. “I used to think that at the heart of being a conservative, lower case, ‘c,’ was first that character matters and that values matter most of all, and I don’t know where that is today in the Republican Party, so I’m just not comfortable being part of it.”
Watch the interview below: