During the much-anticipated television interview that marks the official start of a nationwide tour to promote his new memoir "A Higher Loyalty," Comey acknowledged that even on Election Night, he expected Clinton would defeat Trump.
President Donald Trump on Monday continued his effort to discredit James Comey, the morning after a nationally televised interview during which the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director lambasted him.
Comey also discussed the first time he met the newly elected Trump in person in January 2017 to talk about the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.
Asked whether he believed Trump ought to be impeached, Comey replied, "I hope not because I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people of the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty bound to do directly".
Still, he says it strikes him as unlikely, but something that he can't say without high confidence.
I think we owe it to each other to get off the couch and think about what unites us. For that reason, Comey told ABC News he is "morally unfit" to be in the White House. "I can't trust him", Comey said of Rosenstein. "My loyalty's supposed to be to the American people and to the institution", Comey said in the interview. "The president is confounded that this person is always able to divert the spotlight to him", White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with ABC News on Monday.
When Trump fired Comey in May 2017, the administration cited a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticizing Comey's handling of the inquiry into Clinton's email server. "But in many ways, I feel great pressure to stay to try and protect the institution I lead".More news: Trump to hit Russian Federation with additional sanctions?
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Comey calls Trump "morally unfit to be president".
Comey's morality-based contempt for Trump appears so strong that he wondered aloud, in the interview: "Where are we as a country?"
But if you believe Comey, as I think most reasonable people would, then he has provided an important set of facts that have to be dealt with - by prosecutors, by Congress, and by the voters.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Lynch responds to criticism from Comey in his forthcoming book that, early in the email inquiry, she had instructed him to refer to it as a "matter" rather than an "investigation".
But when it rains.it pours.at least some of the media seem to be pouring it on the president right now with the latest cover of Time Magazine showing Trump under 'stormy conditions'. "He was very emotional and said he had seen the news and that he meant to resign because he wouldn't work for people who would treat someone like me in such a dishonorable way and that he was gonna quit". I still think that guy is an idiot, but, you know, he's kind of an honest idiot.
Stephanopoulos pushed him on the question, saying "That's stunning".
"Look, it's been very clear that James Comey is a self-admitted leaker". Calling Mr. Comey a "slimeball", or the "WORST FBI director in history, by far", doesn't quite hit the Abraham Lincoln or John F. Kennedy level of eloquence and grace the job is usually associated with, but then the nation is surely accustomed to that by now.