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Trump attacks ex-FBI director Comey in early morning tweetstorm

Trump attacks ex-FBI director Comey in early morning tweetstorm

- President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to unload on James Comey over his forthcoming memoir, calling him "slippery", suggesting he should be in jail and labeling him "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"

Her comments came the morning after Comey, in his first televised interview since being fired a year ago, said that he believed Trump was "morally unfit" to be president and recounted several meetings with the him, including one in which Comey says Trump asked for his loyalty.

In his book, according to leaked excerpts, Comey wrote he might have subconsciously viewed her as the next president.

In one highlight, Stephanopoulos said: "You write that President Trump is unethical, untethered to the truth".

Comey also recounted his conversation with Trump in which he said the president asked him to drop an investigation into then-national security adviser Michael Flynn.

It was a hard task for the producers and editors - but they conveyed Comey's complex decision-making as Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his complicated feelings about President Donald Trump, who fired him last May.

The FBI director, who until his firing last 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 an American president. It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I would've been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't.

He added: "But you can not have, as president of the United States, someone who does not reflect the values that I believe Republicans treasure and Democrats treasure and independents treasure".

A new ABC News-Washington Post poll show 48 percent of those surveyed believe Comey was more believable than Trump, while 32 percent said the president was more believable. Ryan said, however, he had met Comey only a few times.




House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, said on Fox News Channel on Sunday that Comey was "out for reveng" against Trump.

The tweets came about an hour after "Good Morning America" aired a clip from the interview during which Comey talks about a discussion he says he had with then-President-elect Trump about the "dossier" which made unverified allegations that Trump engaged in an encounter with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013.

Comey's morality-based contempt for Trump appears so strong that he wondered aloud, in the interview: "Where are we as a country?"

When asked if he would still send the October 28 letter, which announced the FBI was looking back into the Clinton investigation just days before the election, Comey admitted he may have been influenced by the assumption that she would win.

'I was trying to be honest and clear with the American people.

Trump fired Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. Comey: "It is stunning and I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's just - it's the truth".

In response to the criticism, Comey said he "hoped" the letter didn't stifle her campaign.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday that Comey was a man of integrity "as far as I know", while adding that "I don't know the guy".