Former FBI director James Comey makes shocking claims about Trump

Trump renews blasting Comey 'lies' amid interview, book release

"Under the optimistic assumption that the attorney general had any control over President Trump, I then took the opportunity to implore him to prevent any future one-on-one communications between the president and me".

Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified information in 2015. Comey responded, "It would, I hope, set off alarm bells that this is his most serious attack yet on the rule of law".

Comey re-openened the Hillary Clinton email investigation just days before the election, which many believe cost her the White House.

"The way [Director Comey] handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong, " Rosenstein wrote.

Comey told USA TODAY that he did not consult Mueller about the timing of the book's publication.

Comey's comments in an ABC News interview broadcast Sunday were nearly certain to escalate his war of words with the president and further erode a relationship marked by open hostility and name-calling.

"He's part of the family now. I think that is something that is discrediting and we're going to push back".

In his press tour, Comey is sure to be asked to weigh in on Trump and the various twists and turns in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election as well as any potential links between Russia and Trump campaign associates.

When Stephanopoulos asked Comey, "was President Trump obstructing justice?"

But Mr Comey's final judgement of Mr Trump was expressed in those moral terms, and was devastating. "And I'm highly confident that he would refuse to abide that order", Comey said of Rosenstein.

"I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning", he declared under oath. "I mean, why am I alone?" My sense of him, maybe it's unfair to him, was that he was over matched for the job. It was recorded last Monday at Comey's home in suburban Washington.

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Comey calls the Trump presidency a "forest fire" and describes the president as a compulsive liar."unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values". He shouldn't have done it.

Comey says he thinks there's "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice" in Trump's actions. "It's possible, but I don't know".

"I'm not going to try and help sell some books here", Ryan said.

In the immediate wake of his sudden firing by Trump, Comey received several concerned phone calls. In it, Comey wrote that Trump, in a private meeting, pressed the then-FBI director for his loyalty.

Conway said that, in her view, Comey "struggled to answer basic questions and he looked a little shaky" during the interview that aired Sunday night.

"I often hear people talk about it".

First Syria, now James Comey.

"The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him", he said. "Please don't do that.' And I said, 'We need you to stay and serve for the country'". "A man's man would just go back and listen and say, "This is wrong what happened here" or memorialize it in a proper document", he said, adding "you have these wonderful men and women in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, if you really believe something is going on then sick them on him".

"I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don't know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013". And no one would begrudge you leaving.

Despite his myriad of reservations about Trump, Comey told ABC News that he did not believe the US Congress should impeach him, as it would let the American people "off the hook" for something "they're duty bound to do directly".

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