James Comey, who was sacked by Trump past year amid an FBI investigation of possible ties between Russia's meddling in the U.S. election and Trump's 2016 campaign, made his comments in an interview with ABC News on Sunday, saying Trump may be vulnerable to blackmail by Russian Federation.
Comey's book, which leaked out last week ahead of its official release Tuesday, takes on the president who fired him in May 2017 over the troubling Russian Federation election meddling investigation, a probe that poses a deep threat to Trump's 15-month-old presidency.
He said he isn't hoping for Trump's impeachment because that would "let the American people off the hook". "I just thought it was a weird enough experience for me to be talking to the incoming president of the United States about prostitutes in a hotel in Moscow".
In his memoir, Comey describes Trump as "ego-driven" and a bully, saying he forced the former federal prosecutor to pledge allegiance to Trump. Flynn has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador and is now cooperating with the Mueller investigation. Even before the interview aired, the president went on the attack Sunday morning, in a barrage of tweets, ripping Comey and calling him a "slimeball.". 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". There is no indication Comey is under investigation for doing either.
Still, despite all the Comey craziness, the president's approval ratings have been slowly ticking upward for weeks. It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I woulda been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't.
"In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job", Trump tweeted. Comey told ABC News that he knew the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server was going to present a "no-win situation" for him. But he added that Comey "speaks from a deep ethical place, and he's saying some things that he thinks the country needs to say and needs to hear". Is Donald Trump unfit to be president? In a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday, Lynch said she was simply following longstanding Justice Department protocol against confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.
But Mr Comey's final judgement of Mr Trump was expressed in those moral terms, and was devastating.
Comey has faced harsh criticism from both Republicans and Democrats and his book gives him a chance to defend his actions, according to CNN. "As far as I know, everybody does what they do for money".
At the time, Comey said, his team advised him there was no way to go through the trove of new emails by Election Day and he agonized over the decision to make their existence known so close to the national vote.