"The deputy attorney general, in my view, had acted dishonorably by putting out this pretext about why I was sacked", Comey told Stephanopoulos.
Comey is schedule to give interviews on the book to major television networks this week and travel to a dozen cities to promote the book in person. It was recorded last Monday at Comey's home in suburban Washington. This president needs people of character and principle around him, especially this president.
"They did it in a phone call, which is maybe a little more hard to serve up as evidence", he told TheDCNF in an interview. "Slimeball" tweeted the US President. Trump used the investigation as a cudgel in the campaign and repeatedly said Clinton should be jailed for using a personal email system while serving as secretary of state. "You can't say for certain that the president of the United States is not compromised by the Russians?"
But on this issue he doesn't jump from "I don't like Trump" to "the case for impeachment is made!" as too many do.
During the interview, Comey repeated his assertion that Trump told him that he expected loyalty and pressured him to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn.
Comey calls the Trump presidency a "forest fire" and describes the president as a compulsive liar."unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values". He recalled Mr. Trump asking him to look into claims that a so-called "pee tape" existed from 2013 showing Mr. Trump and prostituted engaging in the alleged sexual act. Asked whether he believed Trump ought to be impeached, Comey replied, "I hope not because 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". I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia. "That she's going to be elected president, and if I hide this from the American people, she'll be illegitimate the moment she's elected, the moment this comes out". Among GOP voters, there appears to be little agreement with Comey's contention that Trump's moral failings make him unqualified to be president.
But given his affinity for melodrama, there's a revealing moment in his interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos when he doesn't go all in on anti-Trump hysteria.
After appearances on "GMA", NPR's "Morning Edition", and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday, Comey will appear on ABC's "The View" on Wednesday.
Trump provided no evidence of a crime and Comey has not been accused of wrongdoing by legal authorities. But he added that Comey "speaks from a deep ethical place, and he's saying some things that he thinks the country needs to say and needs to hear".
In an interview on ABC Sunday night, Comey's unsparing indictment of the president's character stood out from his equivocations on other matters, such as whether Trump has obstructed justice.
Gergen added, "If that becomes the narrative, sort of the dominant narrative, that's going to affect our politics, it's going to affect the way historians see this".