Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

12 takeaways from the Comey interview with ABC's Stephanopoulos

12 takeaways from the Comey interview with ABC's Stephanopoulos

Former FBI Director James Comey kicked off his publicity blitz for his new memoir with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

In the book, Comey writes, "This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values". Even so, pre-orders of Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership", have already pushed it to the top of best seller lists. The investigation by Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election is reviewing whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey, and through other actions.

Trump fired Comey in May 2017, citing the FBI's behavior in investigating Democrat Hillary Clinton and its probe into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 presidential election.

In an incident Clinton herself has blamed for her losing the election, Comey informed members of Congress shortly before the election that additional emails had been found that were linked to the investigation, then stating just two days before that election that no new or incriminating information was found in said emails.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also took on Comey on Sunday during an appearance on ABC's This Week.

But Mr Comey's final judgement of Mr Trump was expressed in those moral terms, and was devastating.

Comparing the President to a mafia boss, he claimed that Trump was left vulnerable to blackmail and exploitation by the Russian government because of his association with Russian prostitutes and that he was burning up the nation's norms and traditions like a "wildfire".

"You can see that coming", said Hosko, who worked for the former director and has supported him. "These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible", Comey said.

Comey had testified before Congress that his decision to make the public announcement in July 2016 - something that rarely happens when investigators decide not to pursue charges - came because of political pressure he said he felt from Attorney General Loretta Lynch to downplay the investigation.

"This man, Jim Comey, loves to be within the proximity of power", Conway added.

He said it was raised in his first meeting with Trump shortly after the election in which Russian meddling in the USA presidential election was discussed. "He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on", Comey said.

But that wasn't Trump's only complaint over a book that appeared to agitate him and those in the White House last week after members of the media obtained unreleased copies of the book. Trump seized on that, saying Comey "was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job". Comey said he did not remember "consciously thinking" about the election results as he made a decision to disclose that the FBI had reopened its investigation into candidate Clinton's email use. However, Comey also discusses the Clinton investigation and his handling of it, The Guardian reports.

Trump has also repeatedly zeroed in on the former deputy Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe's admission that he authorized an agent to speak anonymously to the press.

"I hope folks read the whole thing and find it useful".

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