Trump Goes On Sunday Morning Twitter Rant Against 'Slimeball' James Comey

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Among the many revelations was that Trump fixated on unconfirmed allegations in a widely circulated intelligence dossier that Russians had filmed him interacting with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013, the Washington Post reported.

In this relatively short book (due to be published April 17, although NPR obtained an advance copy), Comey presents Trump as a man who never laughs, a man who sizes up other people as assets or targets and - above all - a man who is "without respect for truth". Comey explains the double standard: He was sure Clinton would win and he didn't want the next president and the Federal Bureau of Investigation tainted by news of a coverup. "It was my great honor to fire James Comey!". "If I ever start considering whose political fortunes will be affected by a decision, we're done, '" Comey said. I paused, again. "You will always get honesty from me", I said.

In a clip released Saturday by ABC News, George Stephanopoulos asks Comey about his motivations in revealing that information to Congress. Comey announced in July 2016 that he would not recommend charges against Clinton, but stated publicly that Clinton and her aides had been "extremely careless" in handling classified information.

Trump fired Comey last May.

Donald Trump asked James Comey to investigate the allegation that Vladimir Putin possessed a tape of the mogul engaging in erotic, urine-related activities on a hotel bed in Moscow - because he wanted to convince his wife that it wasn't true.

"No one, to my recollection, asked so what's coming next from the Russians, how might we stop it, what's the future look like", Comey said.

Eleven months after the controversial dismissal from his position, Comey's scathing retort paints President Trump as a liar and a mobster-like figure.

Meetings with Trump gave Comey "flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the Mob", he says.

"As far as I know", the outgoing Republican leader answered.

The book also includes strikingly personal jabs at Trump that appear created to irritate the president. Comey's book will be released next Tuesday. The Democratic argument is that Comey's conduct toward Clinton was wrong - their argument is still the same on this front - and that Comey's current testimony about Trump's conduct has legitimate revelatory value. She also took issue with some of Comey's personal commentary in the book, saying it was "no way to comport oneself after you're trying to prove that you have this quote, 'higher loyalty"'.

Comey's firing set in motion the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion by Trump's presidential campaign with Russians.

"It must have been", Comey responds, adding, "I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been".

Kellyanne Conway, the counselor to the president, told reporters at the White House Friday morning that Comey was taking "unnecessary immature potshots" at Trump.

"Boy, were those words I needed to hear", Comey writes.