James Comey lets rip on Trump in first televised interview since firing

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The Trump Comey described is the Trump familiar to me and anyone who has studied him carefully over the years. Trump administration officials have painted Comey as a disgruntled ex-employee looking to settle scores and an admitted leaker whose Congressional testimony had to be corrected nearly immediately.

"I hope folks read the whole thing and find it useful", referring to Trump as the counterpoint to former USA president George W Bush and Barack Obama.

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.

During Comey's highly anticipated "20/20" interview, he told host George Stephanopoulos that he approached Lynch and that she agreed they should confirm the investigation. The most important being truth. As Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election continues, pundits predict that any legal action against Trump would be an obstruction of justice charge corroborated by Comey's testimony about the Flynn investigation.

Or is this all an effort to steer more attention to Mr. Comey and his thoughts about the president's tan lines or tie length and less on Michael Cohen and the fight over sensitive records taken from Mr. Trump's personal lawyer by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under authority of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY? And after Stephanopoulos noted that the president denied asking him to bag the Flynn probe, Comey replied, "Well, what am I going to do?" Comey writes that "my concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in all polls".

(Disclosure: The Erik Wemple Blog has yet to read it.) That's largely because Comey has already scooped himself, time and again. Prosecutors indicated in court filings last week that Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months by the USA attorney in Manhattan and that, unrelated to the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, a grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case. So that's his Justice Department, 'Comey said'. We'll unpack what his revelations could mean for the Trump presidency.

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, Sanders said Comey was "a self-admitted leaker".

'I don't know. I don't think so.

A little after 9 a.m. Sunday (early Monday NZ time), Trump returned his focus to Comey.

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.

FILE PHOTO: Former FBI Director James Comey prepares to testify before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on "Russian Federation Efforts to Interfere in the 2016 U.S. Elections" on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 8, 2017.

Asked whether Mr Comey was a man of integrity, the Republican speaker said: "As far as I know", but added that he did not know him well.

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.

This week's edition of the latter featured none other than James Comey, the former FBI director who was sacked by POTUS after he failed to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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