George Stephanopoulos: I tried to ask Comey 'the most critical questions'

James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the

Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it's possible the Russians have compromising information on President Donald Trump, that there is "some evidence of obstruction of justice" in the president's actions and that Trump is "morally unfit" for office.

Even so, pre-orders of Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership", have already pushed it to the top of best seller lists.

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

Days prior to the 2016 election, Comey sent a letter to Congress announcing his intention to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails after discovering additional emails on the former Rep. Anthony Weiner's computer while investigating him for alleged sexting with a underage girl.

And never before in USA history has a current or former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation publicly described a president in such a scathing manner.

Still, he says it strikes him as unlikely, but something that he can't say without high confidence. "These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a President of the U.S., but it's possible". Look around and you'll see headlines like "Comey calls Trump 'morally unfit to be president, '" "Comey compares Trump to mob boss", or "Comey: Trump treats women like they're 'meat'".

"'That can't happen, ' I said".

Comey said he urged Kelly to remain in the administration. "The president is confounded that this person is always able to divert the spotlight to him", White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said in an interview with ABC News on Monday.

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Comey is now a crucial witness for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Trump has tried to obstruct the Russian Federation probe. "I think he felt a pressure in the political environment because he wanted Hillary Clinton to be elected, to give her a shot in the arm". "I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor", Comey said during the interview.

In another tweet, Trump offered a mini-review of Comey's memoir.

While much of the president's invective about the investigation - conducted first by the FBI and then by special counsel Robert Mueller - centers on the opposition dossier, Comey told ABC News that "the investigation was triggered entirely separately from the Steele dossier". "The only thing worse than Comey's history of misconduct is his willingness to say anything to sell books".

"If colleagues of ours believe I am lying about when I made this decision, please urge them to contact me privately so we can have a conversation about this", Comey told lawmakers at the time.

"I'd be a insane person to make it up", he continued.

"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. "So on the one hand you're inclined to like him automatically-or at least I am because I'm contrarian like that-but on the other hand, he's so self-aggrandizing and so self-righteous and such a moralizer that I think he really does a disservice to both himself and the institutions that he ostensively used to represent".

In it, Comey wrote that Trump, in a private meeting, pressed the then-FBI director for his loyalty.

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