Joking Putin offers ‘asylum’ for ousted Comey
President Vladimir Putin couldn’t resist a dig at Washington’s all-consuming scandal Thursday, saying fired FBI chief James B. Comey is welcome in Moscow if things get too hot back home.
Mr. Putin made the facetious offer as part of his latest annual marathon phone conversation with the Russian people, in which voters are allowed to submit any question they want to the authoritarian Russian leader. President Trump dismissed Mr. Comey last month, citing his unhappiness with the FBI’s continuing probe into charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
“If [Mr. Comey] faces certain consequences after this and so on, we would be ready to offer Mr. Comey political asylum in Russia,” Mr. Putin joked, likening the former director to Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor now living in Russia in 2013 after leaking classified information from the spy agency.
Mr. Putin’s four-hour-long interview Thursday focused on a broad range of issues both domestic and international.