Sanders says president saw bits of Comey interview

Sanders says president saw bits of Comey interview

Late Sunday, Comey launched a publicity tour for his new memoir, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership", with an ABC television interview in which he branded Trump a serial liar who will "stain everyone around him". In both the interview and the book, Comey - served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2013 until Trump fired him in May - describes the president as being "morally unfit" to hold office. The Associated Press purchased a copy last week.

Comey went on, saying Trump is "ego-driven and about personal loyalty", comparing the President a mafia boss.

Comey also discussed the Russian dossier with Stephanopoulos as well as why he chose to publicly announce his decision to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private server before the 2016 election, which Clinton and her supporters believe is what led to her defeat.

If Mr Trump's presidency is brought down by the Special Counsel investigation that Mr Comey's ouster triggered, that assessment will be hard to argue with. It also includes strikingly personal jabs at Trump that appear sure to irritate the president.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway criticized Comey on Monday. "He is morally unfit to be president", Mr Comey said.

Opponents of the President have suggested Mr Comey was dismissed because he was leading the investigation into alleged links between Mr Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation.

Trump's tweet came the morning after Comey gave his first televised interview since he was unceremoniously fired last May while overseeing the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the USA election. "I think he's morally unfit to be president", Mr Comey replied.

He may be a witness for any charges of obstruction of justice under consideration by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating connections between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. But he said that in Trump's case, he could not discount the possibility that the president had been compromised. Trump seized on that, saying Comey "was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job".

The Republican National Committee has started an effort to discredit Comey on social media, in digital advertising, and through a website,

In the interview excerpt released Saturday, Comey said he did not remember "consciously thinking" about the election results as he chose to disclose that the FBI had reopened its investigation into candidate Clinton's email use.

He said the salacious claims in the unverified Steele dossier, which was financed by the Clinton campaign, could be true.

Comey in the interview stood by decisions he made regarding Clinton during the campaign - first not to prosecute and then to re-open the investigation 10 days before the election, only to close it again a day or two prior to the vote.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch pushed back against Comey's criticism in the book that, early in the Clinton email inquiry, she had instructed him to refer to it as a "matter" rather than an "investigation".

Trump has denied asking Comey to stop investigating Flynn and insisted he never asked for loyalty. Comey expanded on that statement in an interview USA Today published today.

Comey said they should have conveyed that what she did was more than just an ordinary mistake, but was not criminal behaviour.

"The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him", he told ABC.

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