Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential ties between Trump campaign associates and Russia. Comey addressed these issues during an interview an interview on ABC's "20/20" on Sunday night, going as far as labeling Trump "morally unfit to be president". Trump's Monday morning tweet suggests that Comey was in cahoots with Clinton and wanted to absolve her of any wrongdoing before the FBI's investigation was concluded.
James Comey, who was sacked by Trump a year ago amid an FBI investigation of possible ties between Russia's meddling in the U.S. election and Trump's 2016 campaign, made his comments in an interview with ABC News on Sunday, saying Trump may be vulnerable to blackmail by Russian Federation. "And that's not a policy statement", Comey said. "I think he's morally unfit to be president", he said.
Excerpts of the book have been released, and in it Comey paints Trump as someone who is "unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values". On Sunday, he branded Comey a "slimeball", "not smart", the "WORST" FBI chief in history, and a "self serving" liar. Trump wrote early on Sunday in one of five Twitter posts aimed directly at Comey. Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Comey of politicizing the investigation.
Trump and his aides have countered Comey's media blitz by attacking his handling of the probe into Clinton's emails.
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"He asked for my loyalty personally as the F.B.I. director".
"I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty-bound to do directly", Comey said.
The FBI has long tried to operate as an independent law enforcement agency.
And his explosive book, in which Comey compares Trump to the Mafia bosses he once prosecuted, not only represents a new crisis for a reeling White House but also is raising questions about the former director's credibility as a critical witness against the president.
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"Possibly. I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice", he said.
Comey re-openened the Hillary Clinton email investigation just days before the election, which many believe cost her the White House.
"But given what I know now, maybe it would've been better to give a more explicit- say, "Sir, I can't promise you loyalty".
"No FBI director has ever played such a consequential role in a presidential election".
The president "treats women like they're pieces of meat".
Comey's book will be heavily scrutinized by the president's legal team looking for any inconsistencies between it and his public testimony, under oath, before Congress.
"This man, Jim Comey, loves to be within the proximity of power". 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".
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said the ABC interview reaffirms that Comey's "higher loyalty is to himself".