James Comey Saved His Biggest Surprises for His Book's Smallest Details

Yet Comey, who was sacked by Trump last spring while investigating Russia's role in the election that put Trump in the White House, says it's unlikely Trump has been compromised by Russian Federation.

Referring to what Trump called a premature Clinton exoneration, Comey said that after nine or 10 months he had a "clear picture" of the investigation into Clinton's email practices and it's common to draft statements before a probe is complete.

Comey repeatedly compares Trump's behaviour to a NY mafia don. I often hear people talk about it. His regrets include making "thoughtless" statements about the Holocaust in a speech that angered Poland, as well as sounding off on an Apple advertisement that "bugged" him, he said - but not his conduct as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

On Sunday, before the ABC interview aired, Comey tweeted that his book draws on stories from his life and from lessons he has learned from others.

"I'm not making fun of the president", Comey said.

"A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person's not fit to be president of the United States, on moral grounds", Mr Comey said. "I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible", Comey replied when Stephanopoulos asked if he thought the Russians had damaging information on Trump. Trump, of course, has not been silent: He last week called Comey a "slimeball", spiking a 60,000% increase in Webster searches for the word.

Merrill blasted Comey for allegedly dancing around dozens of questions in Sunday's ABC interview by answering with "maybe", accusing him of "hubris" and again faulting him for the election of Trump - whom he called "the most self-involved, destructive leader the US has ever known".

Mr Trump disputed the claim on Twitter.

"With that direction, was President Trump obstructing justice?"

It will be a crying shame if this week's childish, tit-for-tat exchange of insults between President Trump and former FBI Director James Comey obscures the important issues raised by Comey's thoughtful book, "A Higher Loyalty".

Trump press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's reaction was that Comey has "been proven to be dishonest", and has "such a lack of credibility". "But in many ways, I feel great pressure to stay to try and protect the institution I lead". It's going to damage the president in other people's view. The president brought up the allegation multiple times, Comey writes, including an unprompted denial: "I'm a germaphobe".

But what's really grabbing headlines this morning is Comey's response to those blasting him for taking what they consider a cheap shot at Trump's appearance in the book. The Insp. general says McCabe even lied to Comey, although McCabe disputes Comey's account.

Comey details how Trump has been obsessed since his election with the more obscene details of the dossier that alleged Trump watched prostitutes in Moscow pee on each other in 2013 in a suite that Barack and Michelle Obama had once slept in. Comey seems likely to be the star witness in any obstruction of justice case that might be brought against the President by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel in the sprawling Russian Federation investigation. Instead, they launched into a strategy session about how to "spin what we'd just told them" for the public, he writes.

  • David Armstrong