Asked whether he believed Trump ought to be impeached, Comey replied, "I hope not because I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty bound to do directly". "It's possible, but I don't know".
Stephanopoulos also asked Comey if he thinks the President has been compromised by the Russians. "These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible". "I think he's morally unfit to be president", he added.
Trump on Sunday rejected Comey's assertion that Trump had sought his loyalty at a January 2017 dinner, saying "I hardly even knew this guy. He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on", Comey said.
"It's the family, the family, the family, the family", Comey said. "He said, again, 'I need loyalty.' And I said, 'You will always get honesty from me, '" Comey recalled telling Mr. Trump. Asked if he believes Moscow could possibly be holding Trump on a tight leash, Comey essentially said that he has no clue.
Mr Comey now says in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election he, like everyone else, were working on the assumption that Mrs Clinton would win, and that by not announcing the reopened investigation so close to election day, he could delegitimise the result - which was Russia's ultimate aim.
"He had impressively coiffed hair.it looks to be all his", he said.
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"I think it's possible". "It was important to tell the email story because it's me trying to figure out how to lead well", he said.
Reuters and other news outlets have obtained copies of Mr Comey's book before its formal release. "I thought I'd given enough to put him on notice as to what the essence of the material was". He may be a witness for any charges of obstruction of justice under consideration by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating connections between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation. Democrats have faulted Comey for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.
"The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him", he told ABC, which aired an edited version of the interview but published a full transcript.
Trump calls people names - Lyin' Comey comes to mind- but Comey's not above needling the president where it hurts. I don't remember spelling it out, but it had to have been. "Because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump". Most of the highlights had either already been leaked by ABC or pre-empted by pre-release excerpts from A Higher Loyalty, but it contained a few surprises - and not all of those positive for Comey, either.
"There was material that I knew someday, when it's declassified, and I thought that would be decades in the future, would cause historians to wonder, "Hmm, was there some odd business goin" on there? Lot more flexibility there", Comey said, adding that "they're still required to tell the truth".
Comey also testified previous year that he gave some of his memos of conversations he had with Trump to a Columbia University professor, but that he had written the memos specifically to avoid including classified information. "We must prosecute people who lie in the middle of an investigation". It was recorded last Monday at Comey's home in suburban Washington.
In response to the criticism, Comey said he "hoped" the letter didn't stifle her campaign.
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