It's the first sit-down, televised interview Comey has given since he was sacked by President Donald Trump a year ago and the first in a series of interviews he will sit for in the coming weeks.
In the interview, Comey said he was unsure whether or not the Russians have compromising material that could be used to blackmail Trump - either relating to his pre-election personal conduct, or his campaign's actions.
After he finished talking to the employees and saying goodbye, Comey said he went into a room to find out whether he had been ousted, "because I did not expect to be fired". On May 11, The New York Times published an article citing "Comey's associates", who describe Comey recounting a January 27 dinner in which Trump allegedly said to him, "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty". "But I was determined there's not going to be a hug, because I'm not a master of television but I knew that would be a real problem".
"I think he's morally unfit to be president", Comey said.
Getting into the details of his first meeting with Trump just days before the inauguration, Comey says the president-elect was briefed on Russia's attempt to interfere with the election. "Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country", he explains. The most important truth.
Comey, whom Trump sacked as FBI director, promting a Justice department investigation into him, described several conversations he had with Trump, during which the president asked for his loyalty - a claim Trump has denied.
Comey, who was nervous about appearing as though he supported Trump, tried to stand as far away as possible from the newly installed president, and tensed his abs to avoid being pulled into a hug from Trump in the White House.
When Trump fired Comey in May 2017, the administration cited a memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticizing Comey's handling of the inquiry into Clinton's email server.
Lynch also says that Comey never raised any concerns with her regarding the email investigation.
"My family's had a lot of fun watching my face as I walk across, because they know that's my "oh no" face", said Comey, adding that his wife, Patricia, has watched the video and said, "That's Jim's "oh s-t" face".
Trump said Comey handled the probe "stupidly".
Hours before the interview, however, Trump took to Twitter to hit back at Comey with a pair of berating tweets, dubbing his book as "badly reviewed" and calling him the worst Federal Bureau of Investigation director in history, while also hinting that he could be sent to jail for lying to Congress and illegally disclosing classified information.
"I'm not going to try and help sell some books here", Ryan said. "And so I was anxious about the organization, anxious about the people".
"If I ever start considering whose political fortunes will be affected by a decision, we're done", Mr. Comey said of the F.B.I. And I'm about to talk to him about allegations that he was involved with prostitutes in Moscow and that the Russians taped it and have leverage over him.
Trump and his allies have already launched a counterattack. "His "memos" are self serving and FAKE!"
He said there's "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice", though he noted that he's just a witness in the case and not an investigator or prosecutor.