A mental health official from the FBI told CNN he was shocked to hear that President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the bureau is a mentally ill man.
Peter Kadzik, who served as FBI director from 2000 to 2008, said he was “shocked” to hear about the nomination of James Comey, who has been accused of bias and misconduct by his critics.
Kadzik, whose nomination to head a bureau with a $7 billion budget is pending, told CNN’s Erin Burnett that he was not surprised to learn about Comey’s history of mental illness.
He said he thought that there was no need for a nominee with such a history of being mentally ill to be the FBI director.
Kadik, a Republican, is a former chief of staff for Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who was fired in August after allegations of sexual harassment.””
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Kadik, a Republican, is a former chief of staff for Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, who was fired in August after allegations of sexual harassment.
“There is no way that you can have a mental health director who’s going to say, ‘Look, I don’t want to go to sleep at night, I can’t concentrate on my job,'” he said in a phone interview.
“I think that that’s really disturbing.”KADIK: ‘There’s no reason to believe there’s a conspiracy here’Trump and Democrats on Capitol Hill, meanwhile, are using Comey’s nomination to attack the FBI’s handling of the ongoing crisis over the handling of two cases of alleged sexual harassment against a top federal prosecutor.
Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., are asking Comey to recuse himself from any investigation of former FBI Director James Comey’s handling.
The New York Times reported Tuesday that Comey’s firing was related to the probes into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business dealings.
Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland called on Comey to resign.
Cardin said the Trump administration needs to “do its part to restore public trust in the FBI.”
He said Comey should resign “because of the allegations against him.”CNN’s Erin Ruiz and Tom Ashbrook contributed to this report.