Highlights from former FBI Director James Comey's new book

Highlights from former FBI Director James Comey's new book

Mr Comey, who stands at a tall 6ft8, describes his first impressions of President Trump.

"The writing of the book in general and then some of the things that he's talking about are just frankly beneath the dignity of some really important offices he once held", he said on Fox News.

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"Does anyone really believe that story?" he said at a press conference a year ago after a reporter asked if he had ever "engaged in conduct that you now regret" during past visits to Russian Federation and whether he was vulnerable to blackmail by Russian Federation.

ABC is already teasing the major forthcoming interview between Comey and longtime Clinton friend and backer George Stephanopoulos, which has some wondering about impartiality, and gives fuel to the right to bash Comey's intentions, not that they ever need an excuse.

It would be hard to imagine a characterization further from the self-portrait Comey draws in his memoir, tracing the development of his career and his character from high school through years as a prosecutor, deputy attorney general, private lawyer, law professor and Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Trump held his fire on Twitter for a time but unleashed Friday morning while stewing over more coverage.

Clinton previously has said that she thinks the letter Comey sent to Congress on October 28, 2016, announcing that the FBI would be looking back at the email investigation, just 11 days before the election, killed her chances of winning.

"I said to him, 'Sir that's up to you but you want to be careful about that because it might create a narrative that we're investigating you personally and, second, it's very hard to prove something didn't happen", Comey said.

"I never asked Comey for Personal Loyalty".

- During the Trump Tower briefing, Comey writes, he asked to talk privately to the president-elect about the allegations that Trump had been with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel in 2013. The Trump presidency is a "forest fire", he says.

Comey has indeed faced criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike - and the release of his book gives him a high-profile platform to defend himself. "I don't know. Certainly not consciously, but I would be a fool to say it couldn't have had an impact on me".

Todd asked, "Would you take him at his word?" The Democratic argument is that Comey's conduct toward Clinton was wrong - their argument is still the same on this front - and that Comey's current testimony about Trump's conduct has legitimate revelatory value.

Trump would probably do best, in fact, to keep quiet and let Comey destroy on his own the idea, if anyone still holds it, that he's a righteous public servant who cares only about truth, justice, and the American way.

Speaking with reporters at the White House, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Comey "seems like a disgruntled ex-employee; after all, he was sacked".

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