"Values matter. This president does not reflect the values of this country", Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive sitdown interview kicking off a publicity tour for his new book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership".
"I mean, I don't know whether it was weird for President-elect Trump, but I- it was nearly an out-of-body experience for me", Comey said of his meeting with then-president-elect Trump. Comey is blasting President Donald Trump as unethical and "untethered to truth" and his leadership of the country as "ego driven and about personal loyalty". "I remember thinking, 'How could your wife think there's a 1 per cent chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?' " he said, adding that his assessment was it's possible Trump is guilty of the accusation.
"More and more lies", Comey said. I can not say that.
For the most part, Comey avoided commenting on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.
The president lashed out at Comey in a series of tweets earlier Sunday, saying that the email probe was handled "stupidly" and calling Comey a "slime ball".
He added: "But you can not have, as president of the United States, someone who does not reflect the values that I believe Republicans treasure and Democrats treasure and Independents treasure".
However, Comey neglected to tell the president-elect that the aforementioned dossier was funded by his political opponents.
Comey was also forceful in his condemnation of Trump's treatment of women and his embrace of white supremacists in the aftermath of last summer's neo-Nazi rally in Virginia.
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"I don't think he's medically unfit to be president".
A recent ABC News poll showed that Americans found Comey more believable than Trump, by a margin of 48% to 32%. "I hardly even knew this guy".
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.
Comey has a tell-all book, "A Higher Loyalty", due out on Tuesday.
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. Comey seems likely to be the star witness in any obstruction of justice case that might be brought against the President by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In attempt to blunt the impact of the new book, the Republican National Committee is waging a widespread campaign to undercut Comey's credibility, including a new website that dubs the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief as "Lyin' Comey". Following Attorney General Lorotta Lynch's statement that she would follow the FBI's recommendation in the Clinton email probe, Page wrote, "it's a real profile in couragw [sic], since she knows no charges will be brought" against Clinton. So far, 19 people - including Flynn and Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort -have been charged in the investigation.
"Yes. But not in the way m- I often hear people talk about it", he said.
Comey also said that serving in Trump's administration poses a serious ethical dilemma. He believes Americans are "duty bound" to "go to the voting booth and vote their values".
But it's not as if Comey's view of the President represents a sudden shock to the electorate.