Trump carries on war of words with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Comey

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Comey vs. Trump: Ultimate political smackdown has begun!

Comey's firing came as the Federal Bureau of Investigation was probing possible connections between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and Russia's meddling in the USA election.

Stephanopoulos also asked if Comey believed the president obstructed justice, to which he replied: "Possibly". Trump has called the special counsel probe a "witch hunt" and repeatedly insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.

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

He likened the Trump presidency to a "forest fire".

"I don't know what to make of him". 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'".

"I think, given his experience with me, that he has an opportunity in overseeing Bob Mueller to restore some of his professional reputation". Democrats, on the other hand, have accused Comey of politicizing the investigation. The outlandish 25th Amendment option is not on the table for James Comey (or, at least, maybe not until the next book?). Comey was sacked by Trump in May a year ago because of his investigation into "this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russia". "I can't trust him", Comey said of Rosenstein. Put simply, Comey thinks Trump is a bad person.

James Comey's new book describes attempts to defend himself from what he saw as inappropriate meetings with President Donald Trump.

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The hour-long interview, cut from a reported five-hour conversation, had begun on more uncomfortable ground for Mr Comey.

Comey says Trump brought up the subject unprompted during a White House dinner on January 27, 2017, saying, "If there's even a 1 percent chance my wife thinks that's true, that's awful". That comment in turn made Mr Trump more than mildly irate and he soon gave the Federal Bureau of Investigation director his marching orders - via TV.

Comey spoke about the 2016 presidential election and the Hillary Clinton email probe.

'There was a lot of passion in this house for Hillary Clinton, ' Comey continued. "And that there wasn't a way out because it really was the right thing to do". Does that mean that we can be 100 percent sure that Trump is the one not telling the truth?

Stephanopoulos pushed him on the question, saying "That's stunning".

In the interview that aired Sunday, Comey said that he would not favor impeaching Trump to remove him from office, because that "would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty-bound to do directly" - meaning through elections. "Values matter. This President does not reflect the values of this country". He considered that "the most important thing" in a president is that he tell the truth and that Trump "is not qualified for that". This President is not able to do that. "I don't think he's medically unfit to be president".

The Republican National Committee already has launched an offensive against the book, challenging the former director's credibility with a feature on its website titled "Lyin Comey". To hear President Trump tell it, Comey is a "Slimeball!", "a proven LEAKER & LIAR", "a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!" who "committed many crimes".

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