Comey said he told the president "I don't do sneaky things, I don't leak, I don't do weasel moves". Comey's own retelling of his encounters with President Trump suggests that he was intimidated by the president.
Sen. James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill.
Comey recounts an Oval Office conversation from February 2017 in which Trump raises the prospect of jailing journalists who benefit from leaked information.
Mr Boyd wrote in the letter that the department "consulted the relevant parties" and concluded that releasing the memos would not adversely affect any ongoing investigations.
He took to twitter late Friday, saying Comey illegally leaked classified memos to the press, in order to spark the special counsel's investigation. "Will the Witch Hunt continue?" Comey asks rhetorically. After this book, well, yes. Copies of the book were obtained by news outlets on Thursday. However, Trump claimed that Flynn hadn't done anything in his phone call with the Russians and he hoped that Comey would let Flynn go since Flynn had "been through a lot".
In Comey's words, "I can be stubborn, prideful, overconfident and driven by ego", which, in a odd juxtaposition, is remarkably like the current president.
Trump's allies, meanwhile, have launched a campaign to undermine Comey's credibility.
Flynn has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about those conversations and is cooperating with investigators for the special counsel who inherited the investigation from Comey. The Times reported at the time that Mr Trump was irritated at Mr Flynn for delaying such a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Mr Trump appears to have seen off the worst of the dangers presented by Mr Comey, but the "cloud" he has governed beneath will hang heavy over the White House until all his legal woes are dealt with.
American intelligence agencies previous year said Russian Federation interfered in the election through a campaign of propaganda and hacking in a scheme to sow discord in the United States and help get Trump elected. Moscow has denied meddling.
In a January 28, 2017, memo released Thursday, Comey said Trump castigated Flynn for not promptly scheduling a return phone call of congratulations from a foreign head of state.
Trump denied the allegations and said he might want the FBI to investigate allegations in the dossier to prove they were untrue, Comey told ABC. According to Comey's memos and his testimony before Congress, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director took the comment as a request for leniency toward Flynn, and Comey said he gave no indication that he would heed it.
James Comey and his memoir are tripping the media light fantastic, though what's defined that trip so far is its lack of news. "It was nearly an out-of-body experience for me".
Comey was asked if he believed the dossier's allegations. "I don't know how it's possible for your memory to get better over time about specific events".
It puts Comey down in the dirt in hand-to-hand combat with Trump.
By Comey's retelling, Trump gave a "heated" reply to Flynn when informed of the scheduling of the return call to Putin.