Former FBI Director James Comey opens up in interview

Erika Holt
April 17, 2018

By the way, it's worth noting that Trump's critics have a much more nuanced and realistic view of Comey. The former are vital to the Russian Federation investigation and the questions it raises, including whether Trump obstructed justice. "I hope folks read the whole thing and find it useful".

First, he doesn't indulge in fantasies about Trump's mental unfitness, saying he doesn't "buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia", and instead calls him a "person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on". "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".

The Republican National Committee has helped with the pushback effort against Comey for his book by launching a website and supplying surrogates with talking points that question his credibility.

He said that when Trump asked him privately to drop the investigation of Flynn - an allegation Trump has denied - it was "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice".

"The FBI didn't get any information that's part of the so-called Steele dossier, as I understand it, until after that", he said.

On Sunday, Trump fired off several tweets slamming Comey before spending a few hours at his golf club in Northern Virginia.

While criticism from President Donald Trump isn't new to Comey, the president used new descriptors for him after the first clip of Comey's exclusive interview with ABC News' chief anchor George Stephanopoulos was released Friday morning. The site includes critical Tweets from Trump and comments lawmakers questioning Comey's handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of private email server. That comment in turn made Mr Trump more than mildly irate and he soon gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation director his marching orders - via TV.

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His ongoing queasiness with the situation he found himself in remains evident, "Speaking is really bad; concealing is catastrophic".

'There was a lot of passion in this house for Hillary Clinton, ' Comey continued. After Clinton's loss, many Democrats blamed Comey, and Clinton herself has said it hurt her election prospects. I mean, I only worked with him very briefly before I was sacked. "'We hold these truths to be self-evident, ' right?"

Trump has railed against the raid claimed that it left "all" lawyers "deflated and concerned" and reduced attorney-client privilege to "a thing of the past", his rage fueled ostensibly by apprehensions that investigators could lay their hands on material relating to Cohen paying off the porn worker Stormy Daniel for her silence on her alleged one-night stand with Trump.

Why didn't the donor of $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation ask Mr. Comey why he leaked memos, at least one of which contained classified material, to the media?

Stephanopoulos also asked if he thought Russian Federation had "something" on the president.

"I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty bound to do directly", Comey said.

"Actually, the foundation of this country is in jeopardy when we stop measuring our leaders against that central value of the truth", Comey said".

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