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Trump says Comey and McCabe 'committed many crimes'

17 April 2018

Comey, though, has defended the practice.

"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.

Days prior to the 2016 election, Comey sent a letter to Congress announcing his intention to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails after discovering additional emails on the former Rep. Anthony Weiner's computer while investigating him for alleged sexting with a underage girl.

Comey said that he had concluded during the presidential campaign that Trump was dishonest. In it, Comey wrote that Trump, in a private meeting, pressed the then-FBI director for his loyalty.

Aside from the book's scathing content, former Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director Ron Hosko said the publication likely opens the door to criticism that Comey penned the dramatic account merely to enrich himself.

Comey responded "never" and "no".

When Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee previous year, he said that he did not know if Trump obstructed justice, adding, "that's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out".

Comey said his reaction to the news was disbelief.

But that's not what you'd conclude from the coverage of Comey's book rollout.

Trump provided no evidence of a crime and Comey has not been accused of wrongdoing by legal authorities.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said former FBI Director James Comey's interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos was a dud and did not live up to the hype.

Comey's memoir "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership", is to be released next week.

Excerpts have already been widely reported, prompting President Donald Trump and his conservative allies to launch a furious attack on Comey. "I don't remember spelling it out, but it had to have been that she's going to be elected president and if I hide this from the American people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out", he said. "He has a very deft way of making things about him".

"Unless there are glaring inconsistencies in his testimony and what he told the special counsel and in his book, I don't see a problem", Cotter said.

Former FBI director James Comey appears at an interview with George Stephanopoulos for "20/20" on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on ABC. "The president hardly knew the man".

"This man, Jim Comey, loves to be within the proximity of power", Conway added.

Comey said he urged Kelly to remain in the administration.

Allen noted that Comey repeated almost the same phrasing in a USA Today interview, in which he called Trump "someone who is able to see moral equivalence in Charlottesville or to speak and treat women like they're pieces of meat and to lie constantly".

"This is somebody who wants a payday", said Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, told CNN.

For now, these are the two major Comey camps: In one, he's the noble steward who sacrificed himself in the name of justice, and in the other he's a bungler so concerned with his own reputation that he essentially meddled in an election himself while trying to look unbiased. The dossier contained salacious allegations about the President during a trip he took to Moscow in 2013.

Trump says Comey and McCabe 'committed many crimes'