Comey told ABC that Trump denied the allegations and said he might want the FBI to investigate allegations in the dossier to prove they were not true. "The most important being truth. This president is not able to do that".
"That's stunning. You can't say for certain that the President of the United States is not compromised by the Russians?"
After appearances on "GMA", NPR's "Morning Edition", and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Tuesday, Comey will appear on ABC's "The View" on Wednesday.
The Republican National Committee has helped with the pushback effort against Comey for his book by launching a website and supplying surrogates with talking points that question his credibility.
Comey described in great detail several conversations he had with Trump, telling Stephanopoulos of how the president asked for his loyalty and how that interaction and others reminded him of his time as a prosecutor in NY pursuing mob families, for whom loyalty to the boss and the organization were the only values that mattered.
Later, asked again about Trump shying away from criticizing Putin, Comey said, "I'm struck by it and I'm struck by it both in public and in private". While ABC only aired an hour of the interview - which ran ahead of Monday's release of Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty" - Comey and Stephanopoulos reportedly spoke for five hours.
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"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.
"I don't think he's medically unfit to be president".
And I-I think-look, I haven't talked about this.
Comey spoke in detail about his uncomfortable first meeting with Trump in Trump Tower in January 2017, in which he delicately informed the then president-elect of the allegations in Christopher Steele's dossier, which claimed that Trump met with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel in 2013. "This president does not reflect the values of this country". "He is morally unfit to be President".
Mr. Trump called Mr. Cohen on Friday to "check in", according to two people briefed on the call.
He added that United States citizens need to "fight" for American values, and that "impeachment, in a way, would short-circuit that".
Trump fired Mr Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. Specifically, both the White House and Congress have been attempting to paint Comey as a partisan who declined to prosecute Hillary Clinton in the face of "overwhelming" evidence of crimes. Ahead of Comey's book release, Trump, his allies, and the Republican National Committee have launched an aggressive campaign to discredit the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Further, Comey claims no one should ever hint that he or she is stronger, more powerful, or tougher than the boss - that is, Trump. In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job. The polls swung considerably against Hillary Clinton after Comey's October 28 announcement, and didn't recover when he declared two days before the election that the investigation hadn't actually turned up anything incriminating about her. However, he conceded that he "should've worked harder to find a way to convey that it's more than just the ordinary mistake, but it's not criminal behavior".