Fired FBI director James Comey breaks silence in first TV interview

Comey takes criticism from right and left

Comey takes criticism from right and left

Comey also defended his decision to publicly disclose the FBI's re-opening of its investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's handling of email when she was secretary of state.

"It's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice", Comey answered. The President called Comey "a LEAKER & LIAR" in a pair of tweets Friday morning, describing the former FBI director as an "untruthful slime ball" and saying that Comey should be prosecuted for leaking classified information.

President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of rage against James Comey on Sunday over the former FBI director's forthcoming book, calling him "slippery", insisting he never asked him for loyalty and labeling him "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"

Ahead of the launch of his autobiography A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership, Comey appeared on ABC's 20/20, in his first televised interview since being fired as director of the FBI. He also fumed about Mueller, and considered firing the special counsel, along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose recusal from the Russia probe led to Mueller's appointment by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. "If he didn't know he was doing something improper, why did he kick out the attorney general and the vice president of the United States and the leaders of the intelligence community?" "I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a President of the United States, but it's possible".

Asked if Trump obstructed justice by directing Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, he said: "Possibly". Read Also: US President Donald Trump, Michelle and Barack Obama, British PM Theresa May not invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding Comey said his reaction to the news was disbelief. Just another of his many lies.

Comey testified before Congress Trump's quest for loyalty made him uncomfortable. He expects his subordinates to cover for him at all costs, even if it means lying for him and then all must defer to the boss.

Excerpts have already been widely reported, prompting President Donald Trump and his conservative allies to launch a furious attack on Comey.

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But when it least some of the media seem to be pouring it on the president right now with the latest cover of Time Magazine showing Trump under 'stormy conditions'. "I don't follow him on Twitter, but I'm sure it's going to come", Comey said.

"There was nothing she said that [FBI investigators] believed we could prove was false", he said. "And I don't do it lightly".

Comey's clarion call is an attempt to wake us - particularly those who know this evil first hand and still have done nothing (yes, I'm talking to you, the silent majority in Congress) - from the stupor that has allowed Trump and his minions to usurp all that matters to us. As the TVs in the bureau started to show the news on other networks, he saw some were displaying the words "Comey Fired".

In a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday, Lynch said she was simply following longstanding Justice Department protocol against confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.

How can we tell what Trump really thinks about Comey, beyond his verbal evacuations on the Tweet machine?

The complete transcript of the conversation is full of details - specifically several poignant metaphors of how Comey views Trump.

And Sanders said Sunday that the admission was a reason that critics believe "James Comey doesn't have credibility and shouldn't have been leading the FBI any longer".

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