6 things to know about James Comey's highly anticipated book

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Trump also tweeted that Comey's mishandling of the Clinton email probe deserves "jail" time and called him a "slimeball". Trump seized on that, saying Comey "was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job".

"This president is unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values", Comey writes, according to a New York Times review of A Higher Loyalty.

Comey's no holds barred account of his meetings with Trump before he was sacked at times appears mean spirited, but also conveys a sense of disbelief about the 45th president's behavior.

In a pair of tweets, Trump accused Comey of leaking classified information and lying to Congress under oath.

House Republicans have repeatedly threatened to hold Justice Department officials in contempt as they have sought more than a million pages in documents related to Democrat Hillary Clinton and the beginning of the department's Russian Federation investigation.

Trump also pushed back again against Comey's claims that Trump sought his loyalty, saying it was "Just another of his many lies".

Comey on the other hand, in his tell-all memoir described Trump as someone who was "sitting on a throne" and likened the US President to a mob boss. "He said, 'If there's even a 1% chance that my wife thinks that's true, that's awful.' And I remember thinking, 'How could your wife think there's a 1% chance that you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?'" he said.

Vote in our informal and unscientific poll and tell us why in the comments. "It absolutely is legal for Comey to share his own private reflections that do not consist of closely held national security secrets with the press, whether by passing on the information himself or through a friend", University of Minnesota Law Professor Heidi Kitrosser explained at the time. Instead, he writes, they launched into a strategy session about how to "spin what we'd just told them" for the public.

Trump tweeted "James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR". This morning, The Atlantic's Natasha Bertrand pointed out a discrepancy between Comey's recollection of his conversation with Trump and reported testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee regarding that infamous night in Moscow. I have read [Hillary Clinton] has felt anger toward me personally, and I'm sorry for that.

She adds: "I think it's very clear that Comey has a credibility problem".

In the book, Comey also writes of some of Trumps physical attributes in an unflattering way.

Trump tried to convince Comey the Moscow prostitute portion of the dossier was not true.

Comey did not reveal to the president-elect at this time that the information had come to light through opposition research financed by his opponents, "because it wasn't necessary for my goal", which was merely to alert him the Federal Bureau of Investigation had obtained the information.

Comey told congress past year that he leaked details of a memo about Trump to the New York Times.

"I said, 'Sir, that's up to you".

The Washington Post obtained a copy of the book before its scheduled release on Tuesday.

Asked how freaky that meeting with Trump was, Comey said: "Very weird". The sitdown covered Russian election interference and the salacious, though unverified, dossier about Trump's alleged behavior in Russia.