Prostitutes, impeachment and Putin-nothing was off limits in the one-hour ABC special that comes just days before the release "Higher Loyalty", Mr. Comey's tell-all about his time in the Trump administration.
His written record of several troubling encounters with Trump while FBI director -including the president's requests for loyalty and for the FBI to drop its investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn - are at the heart of Mueller's investigation into whether Trump sought to obstruct the continuing examination of Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
- Trump was fixated on the story about a dossier alleging that he had Russian prostitutes urinate on a Moscow bed where Barack Obama once slept. Comey addressed these issues during an interview an interview on ABC's "20/20" on Sunday night, going as far as labeling Trump "morally unfit to be president".
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning, expressed qualified support for Comey. But Comey, an appointee of Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, told him his loyalty is supposed to be to the American people and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "He is morally unfit to be president", Mr Comey said. Many liberals blame Comey for Hillary Clinton's lose during the 2016 election due to him reopening the email investigation just two weeks before Election Day.
Detailed accounts of his impressions on Trump and his presidency are articulated in his book, 'A Higher Loyalty, ' which is set to release on Tuesday.
Comey said he is anxious about no longer "tethering our leaders to that truth".
It raises the possibility that the Russians had filmed Trump and could use the recording to blackmail him.
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch pushed back against Comey's criticism in the book that, early in the Clinton email inquiry, she had instructed him to refer to it as a "matter" rather than an "investigation".
Comey's response to Russian Federation having compromising material on President Trump also was maddening to many as he vacillated-simply saying it's "possible"-leaving a major issue extremely open-ended". Among GOP voters, there appears to be little agreement with Comey's contention that Trump's moral failings make him unqualified to be president.
Comey expanded on that statement in an interview USA Today published early Monday morning. They will be looking to impeach Comey's credibility as a key witness in Mueller's obstruction investigation, which the president has cast as a political motivated witch hunt. "I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible".
Attorney Seth Abramson picked up on what he described as "the awful irony" of Mr Comey's actions at the time.
In his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee previous year, Comey said he believes the President asked him to "drop any investigation of Flynn", a reference to former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
In the interview excerpt released Saturday, 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.
"He believes Americans are "duty bound" to "go to the voting booth and vote their values".