The combination of media promotion of Comey-a series of network and cable television interviews, including an hour-long session with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News on Sunday night-and the negative attention supplied by Trump, Fox News and the Republican Party, has pushed Comey's book, A Higher Loyalty, to the top of the best-seller list even before its publication.
"He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI", Trump added.
When he did get on the plane, he said, "I drank red wine from a paper cup and just looked out at the lights of the country I love so much as we flew home".
Trump used the investigation as a cudgel in the campaign and repeatedly said Clinton should be jailed for using a personal email system while serving as secretary of state.
Comey answered "possibly" when asked in the ABC News interview whether the president was attempting to obstruct justice when he asked Comey to end an FBI investigation into former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn. My wife and girls marched in the women's march the day after President Trump's inauguration.
'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, ' Comey said.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump hurled a new set of insults at James Comey on Sunday, challenging accusations the former FBI director makes in a tell-all book that is due for release this week, and insisting that he never pressed Comey to be loyal to him.
Mr Trump controversially fired Mr Comey from his position in May last year over his handling of a probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 US Presidential election. That's not a perspective, that's not a view, that's just a lie.
He also suggested Mr Comey should be imprisoned, saying: "How come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail)". "And I was - I don't know how to explain it - I felt almost like a stone and started thinking, 'If he shoots Pete first, I'll roll off the bed and grab him, '" Comey explained. "I thought I'd given enough to put him on notice as to what the essence of the material was". Who spoke on a near-daily basis about the importance of the FBI's role in protecting the civil liberties of all Americans, of the importance of the rule of law, and of the importance of an independent FBI, precisely to defend the United States of America against the kinds of attacks Trump and his supporters are staging against everything for which America has always stood.
"People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values", he said. But Comey writes in his book that after the 2016 election, then-President Obama told Comey that he remained confident in his "integrity" and "ability".
His probe has expanded to include whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey. He thought that he made these decisions based on the political landscape and not on the facts of the case.
Specifically, Comey claims, Kelly was so upset about Comey's firing that he (Kelly) planned to quit in protest - though obviously he never did.
Asked to address the fierce criticism he received for the move, Mr. Comey said Americans would benefit from stepping into his shoes and considering the options he had. The boss in complete control.
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