Former FBI Director James Comey has been quiet since he was abruptly fired last year, but he ended his silence during an interview with ABC on Sunday night. That was likely because John Brennan, who was CIA director under former President Barack Obama, used it in a reply to Trump's tweet.
"I honestly thought these words would never 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". Was anyone aiding the Russians, conspiring with the Russians?
Comey writes that Trump's months-long effort to curry his fealty gave him "flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the mob".
"I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice".
The exclusive "20/20" interview provided little new information, instead providing a tremendous amount of context around the months leading up to the 2016 general election and the relationship between the president and a federal department tasked with probing into the more salacious accusations of his administration.
It was the subject of his first meeting with Trump shortly after the election in which Russian meddling in the US presidential election was discussed. That's why he says he held news conferences on the Clinton email probe without consulting Lynch.
Or about what some are calling the "petty" elements of the narrative about small hands or tanning lines.
Comey said he grew more wary when the chyron eventually changed to reflect that he had been fired.
Comey said he believed from the outset in the credibility of the source, former a British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
According to those reports, Comey writes that Trump is "unethical and untethered to the truth" and compares his presidency to a "forest fire".
So he (and perhaps he alone) thinks Mr Trump's hair is real.
The President and his allies have launched a forceful counterattack. But he added that Comey "speaks from a deep ethical place, and he's saying some things that he thinks the country needs to say and needs to hear".
Donald Trump has slammed James Comey's claims as "slippery".
Comey answered "possibly" when asked in an 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. "And that's not a policy statement", Comey said.
Comey acknowledged in the ABC interview that his belief that Clinton would be elected president "was a factor" in his decision to reopen the email probe 11 days before the US election, a development that Clinton blames for her surprise defeat. The loyalty oaths, the boss as the dominant center of everything, it's all about how do you serve the boss, what's in the boss's interests.
That's the day Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty", officially comes out.
"I felt like I was totally alone, that everybody hated me".
Still, he said it strikes him as unlikely but something that he can't say without high confidence.
You can well see why this man, who at times seems like a fretful hand-wringing goody-two-shoes and who is also possessed with sanctimonious self-belief, also drives plenty of Democrats to distraction as well as President Trump.
Trump was obsessed with disproving allegations that he paid prostitutes to urinate on a bed in a Moscow hotel room. However, Comey neglected to tell the president-elect that the aforementioned dossier was funded by his political opponents.
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