James Comey: 'It's possible' Russians have dirt on Trump

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Excerpts of the book released last week paint a devastating portrait of the president as a congenital liar and an unethical leader, and it already has Trump's attention. Comey himself is an example of this on many occasions, resorting to clickbait insults and self-righteous self-indulgence to sell books. It would be something that ... is higher than all the normal fights about policy. 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. But, he acknowledged, "I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor".

"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. "I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's the truth".

"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".

Trump criticized Comey's assertion that his decisions in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails were based on assumption she would win the 2016 election.

Former FBI Director James Comey will break his silence Sunday night in an exclusive interview with ABC News. The point, according to Comey, is that the story seems "possible", rather than outlandish, because of Trump's moral deficiencies. "Impeachment, in a way, would short-circuit that".

Comey went on, saying Trump is "ego-driven and about personal loyalty", comparing the President a mafia boss. "It's possible", he said. He continued: "I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice".

Trump has "impressively coifed hair, "it looks to be all his", Comey said".

In his book, Comey deferred to the Mueller investigation on the question of obstruction.

Comey provided the response after Stephanopoulos asked why Trump is "so reluctant to call out Vladimir Putin", the Russian president.

Former FBI Director James Comey kicked off his publicity blitz for his new memoir with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

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Trump's accusation that Comey "lied in Congress to Senator G" appears to be referring to Sens. On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Comey "will be forever known as a disgraced partisan hack". Right? So it's kind of consistent with him continuing to say it's not my fault.

Trump accused Comey of lying to Congress and exonerating Hillary Clinton in a 2016 investigation because of her strong poll numbers in the presidential race.

Clinton has asserted that she would have been elected president if Comey hadn't re-opened the investigation.

He explained: 'I wasn't trying to go easy on her or hard on her.

Despite this, Comey told Stephanopoulos that he does not regret sending the letter.

Last summer, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. On Monday, he returned to Twitter to accuse Comey and "others" of committing "many crimes".

Trump has denied having asked Comey for his loyalty.

The idea that the Russian government has compromising information on Trump originated with the Steele dossier, the salacious 35-page report funded by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign.

He was sacked by Trump in May 2017.

But the president's characterization that Comey was influenced by polls is an oversimplification of what the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director wrote. Flynn and two of the president's campaign aides, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with Mueller.

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