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Trump attacks ex-FBI director Comey in early morning tweetstorm

17 April 2018

Mr. Comey, whom President Trump fired, of course, came across in his first major interview, with George Stephanopoulos first broadcast Sunday on ABC, as the class do-gooder who sits in the front row warning the teacher that she's dismissing early. The media appearance kicks off a publicity tour to promote the release of Comey's new book "A Higher Loyalty", which paints a scathing portrait of the President. In part, it recounts his role in investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election and Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server that contained classified information, as well as Comey's private discussions with Trump before the president fired him last May.

"That culture of leadership comes to mind constantly when I think of the Trump Administration", said Comey, referring to the stage of his career in which he fought organized crime in NY.

Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election on June 8, 2017.

As hordes of Americans commuted to 9-5 jobs the morning following Comey's ABC interview, President Donald Trump condemned Comey-who insisted Trump was "morally unfit" for the presidency after allegedly demanding a "loyalty" pledge from him.

"I'm troubled by the timing of the book and some of the content that has been reported because I think it diminishes him" former assistant director of the FBI Ron Hosko tells TheDC.

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Comey also reflected on the controversy over Hillary Clinton's personal email account.

Before and after James Comey served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, he made a career of crafting allegations of wrongdoing that would sound plausible to judges and juries.

Comey's firing came as the Federal Bureau of Investigation was probing possible connections between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia's meddling in the USA election. But he said that in Trumps case, he could not discount the possibility that the president had been compromised.

Also a lawyer, Comey made an allegation that Trump had cavorted with prostitutes in Moscow that left him vulnerable to blackmail by the Russian government.

Trump has denied asking for Comey's loyalty.

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

"We had the problem that President Obama had twice publicly basically said, "There's no there, there" in an interview with- on Fox, an interview on 60 Minutes I think, both times he said that", Comey said. "I remember thinking, 'How could your wife think there's a 1 per cent chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?' " he said, adding that his assessment was it's possible Trump is guilty of the accusation.

Comey, 57, dismissed the speculation about Trump's mental capabilities that he said "I often hear people talk about".

In July of 2016, Comey announced that he wasn't recommending charges against Clinton, but stated that Clinton and her aides were "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information. "It's possible, but I don't know".

"People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values", he said. He also describes the president as shorter than he expected, his tie was "too long", and he had "bright white half-moons" under his eyes that Comey says he believes came from tanning goggles. That should be of great interest to historians, but it still doesn't tell us whether to believe Comey or Trump about what went on between them.

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