The thought of having dinner alone with Trump at the White House made Comey "deeply uncomfortable", he wrote, because he feared that the president wanted to compromise the FBI's integrity and independence and was waging "an effort to establish a patronage relationship" with him.
Comey's book, which leaked out last week ahead of its official release Tuesday, takes on the president who fired him in May 2017 over the troubling Russian Federation election meddling investigation, a probe that poses a deep threat to Trump's 15-month-old presidency.
Trump has denied he asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States.Trump has also used Twitter to call Comey a liar and called for his imprisonment.
Even before Comey's ABC interview, the Republican National Committee started an effort to discredit the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director on social media, in digital advertising and through a website, lyincomey.com. "There's something more important than that that should unite all of us, and that is our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country". She asserted that Comey has "proven to be dishonest".
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 USA election. But it's the truth, " Comey added.
Comey was widely condemned by lawmakers across the aisle during the 2016 election; first by Republicans after initially dropping the investigation; then by Democrats for opening it just days before the election.
On the face of it then, Comey's book should pose quite a threat to the reputation of a President still embroiled in the Russian Federation investigation, and scandals involving women allegedly paid off to keep quiet about affairs.
Asked about whether Trump had obstructed justice - including with his request to end the FBI's investigation into his first national security advisor Michael Flynn - the former FBI director responded, "possibly". She also said that Comey never raised any concerns with her regarding the email investigation.
"I honestly never thought these words would come out of my mouth, but I don't know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013".
Conway also seemed to suggest Comey's reopening of the Clinton investigation "swung" the 2016 election in Trump's favor, though later clarified on Twitter she was "kidding". In it, Comey called Trump a serial liar who treated women like "meat", and described him as a "stain" on everyone who worked for him.
"I think he's morally unfit to be president", Comey said, in his first televised interview since being fired in May past year, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. He copped a plea and is now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who has bigger fish to fry. Then, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered Comey's dismissal as FBI Director.
The ex-FBI director, who until his firing in May led an investigation into possible ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, acknowledged that it was "stunning" to think that Russian Federation could have damaging information about a US president.
"I think that in the case of Comey, in particular, he did not want Trump to be president, and so, there may have been some bias".