Comey: 'Possible' that Russians have leverage over Trump

James Comey described US President Donald Trump as

Comey also revealed during the hearing that he documented his interactions with Trump because he was "concerned" that the President "might lie about the nature of our meeting".

Comey calls the Trump presidency a "forest fire" and describes the president as a compulsive liar."unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values". It's the first sit-down, televised interview Comey has given since he was sacked by President Donald Trump previous year and the first in a series of interviews he will sit for in the coming weeks.

"I knew this was a no-win situation, this case".

Comey said it was possible, too, that the Russians might have material that could be used to blackmail Trump. And if possible, ask yourselves, "What would I have done, and why?"

Just 11 days before the election, Comey announced that the FBI would reopen an investigation into Clinton's possible misuse of a private email server while she was secretary of state - a move she has said played a part in her loss to Trump.

"The big questions in Comey's badly reviewed book aren't answered, like how come he gave up classified information (jail), why did he lie to Congress (jail), why did the DNC refuse to give server to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (why didn't they TAKE it), why the phony memos, McCabe's $700,000 & more?".

"It's the family, the family, the family, the family", Comey said.

Comey cited Trump's response to the white-nationalist riots in Charlottesville, his treatment of women, and his tendency to make misleading and exaggerated statements as reasons behind his assessment of the president.

"And I have every confidence that Jim Comey accurately copied, collected, recounted what exactly went on during those discussions", former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said.

Further, Comey claims no one should ever hint that he or she is stronger, more powerful, or tougher than the boss - that is, Trump. I'm leading the investigation of Russian influence-in particular, whether anyone in the Trump orbit had coordinated and conspired with the Russians.

Comey says that in his view a president must embody respect and adhere to the nation's core values, the most important being truth. "Really weird. It was nearly an out of body experience for me".

"He looked slightly orange up close with small white-half moons under his eyes, which I assume are from tanning googles", Comey added. "I faced great pressure because of Russian Federation".

In calling Comey a leaker, Trump is likely referring to the notes Comey admitted to leaking to his friend.

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In a separate interview with USA Today, Comey - in a reference to salacious allegations contained in an unverified dossier created by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele - said it is hard "to explain some things without at least leaving your mind open" to the possibility that such compromising information exists.

That night, two sources said, Schiller said he discussed the conversation with Trump as Trump was walking back to his hotel room, and Schiller said the two men laughed about it as Trump went to bed alone. "I can't trust him".

Trump fired Comey last May, setting off a chain of events that led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Comey also reflected on the controversy over Hillary Clinton's personal email account. And you may come out thinking, "I'd've done it differently", but I don't think you'll come out thinking that-as Hillary Clinton wrote in her book, I shived her. That's why he says he held news conferences on the Clinton email probe without consulting Lynch.

He also spoke at length about his complicated relationship with former attorney general Loretta Lynch.

'I don't know whether any of this true, but this is what he said, ' said Comey. Comey answers, "I don't know is the honest answer".

So partly for that reason, he said, he made a decision to announce on his own his recommendation that no charges be filed in the Clinton case. So far, 19 people have been charged in the investigation. "And there was nothing else they needed to run down to see if she was testifying to us falsely". We've drifted away from that day.

"Had you shifted to collecting evidence of a crime?"

Comey has indeed faced criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike - and the release of his book gives him a high-profile platform to defend himself.

Whether or not that plan has worked out is a matter of dispute, according to Comey.

"[All] of us were operating in a world where the polls were showing that Donald Trump had no chance", he said, but he hoped the letter did not sway the election. Comey violated FBI's policies for handling sensitive government documents and may have broken the law by mishandling classified documents.

When he did get on the plane, he said, "I drank red wine from a paper cup and just looked out at the lights of the country I love so much as we flew home".

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