Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

James Comey's final judgment of Donald Trump was devastating - and rather ironic

In the book, A Higher Loyalty:Truth Lies and Leadership, he also defended the timing of the book's publication in the midst of the ongoing Russian Federation inquiry and before the release of a Justice Department inspector general's examination into the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation, which Comey oversaw.

Her comments came the morning after Comey, in his first televised interview since being fired a year ago, said that he believed Trump was "morally unfit" to be president and recounted several meetings with the him, including one in which Comey says Trump asked for his loyalty.

In his new book, Comey is equally critical, though far more coherent, on the subject of Trump.

"3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint", he wrote.

"I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty", Trump tweeted.

In another, the president undertook a mini-review of Comey's memoir: "The big questions in Comey's badly reviewed book aren't answered like, how come he gave up Classified Information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give Server to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (why didn't they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe's $700,000 & more?".

Mr Comey was asked if the assumption Mrs Clinton would win the 2016 election was behind the decision to reveal the FBI was revisiting its investigation into her use of a private email server.

"I did not go into the business about people peeing on each other", he said.

"I think it's possible".

"It is wrong to stand idly by, or worse, to stay silent when you know better, while a president brazenly seeks to undermine public confidence in law enforcement institutions that were established to keep our leaders in check", Comey wrote.

Comey said he urged Kelly to remain in the administration.

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

In a Sunday-morning tweet, Trump called Comey a "slimeball" while criticizing his handling of the email probe. Clinton herself has pointed to Comey's actions in explaining her presidential election loss.

"I worry that the norms at the center of this country - we can fight as Americans about guns or taxes or immigration, and we always have", Comey said.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the ABC interview reaffirms that Comey's "higher loyalty is to himself".

He also spoke about special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election. Right? So it's kind of consistent with him continuing to say it's not my fault. Comey even dismissed speculation about Trump's mental health and described the president as "a person of above-average intelligence".

"I'd be a insane person to make it up", he continued.

"If colleagues of ours believe I am lying about when I made this decision, please urge them to contact me privately so we can have a conversation about this", Comey told lawmakers at the time.

"After tonight, I hope people know more about what James Comey has been thinking and feeling since that day", he said.

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.

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