President Trump Responds to Comey's Memoir

Anchor George Stephanopoulos sits down with former FBI director James Comey for an exclusive interview that will air during a primetime 20/20 special on Sunday

Ralph Alwang ABC News

In the book, Comey likens Trump to a dishonest, ego-driven mob boss and says he demanded the then Federal Bureau of Investigation chief's personal pledge of loyalty - a damning account that has infuriated the president at a moment of intensifying legal pressure on other fronts.

Those days leading up to the election "sucked", Mr. Comey said. "I don't know whether the current president of the United States was with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow in 2013".

Former FBI Director James Comey says he thinks it's possible that President Donald Trump might be compromised by the Russians. Because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump.

"I wanted a woman president really badly, and I supported Hillary Clinton", Patrice Failor Comey told Stephanopoulos.

"I think it's possible".

The book's imminent release - and the slated ABC News interview - prompted Mr Trump to hurl a new set of insults at Mr Comey earlier, challenging accusations made in the book, and insisting that he never pressed Mr Comey to be loyal to him.

"He said if there's even a 1 per cent chance my wife thinks that's true, that's bad", Comey recalled. "I don't know", Comey said in the ABC News interview when asked whether Trump has been "compromised" by the Russians. Comey has said that some of the memos he wrote after meeting with Trump included classified material but that the one he passed to a friend did not.

"Was President Trump obstructing justice?"

Several of the episodes he describes in detail, including a private conversation about former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, are central to special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation and his recollections are presumably valuable for prosecutors examining whether the president's actions constitute obstruction of justice. "Really weird. It was nearly an out of body experience for me. The president just kicked out the attorney general to ask me to drop a criminal investigation.' Wow, the world continues to go insane". The rant was five tweets and spanned slightly longer than an hour. It was the subject of his first meeting with Trump shortly after the election in which Russian meddling in the USA presidential election was discussed.

"It is stunning and I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's the truth". I felt like I was totally alone, that everybody hated me.

During his time as FBI Director, Comey was criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike.

On a grammatical note, it said, "Although Trump rendered the word as an open compound (slime ball) in his tweet, the traditional form is as a closed compound (slimeball)". "I can't trust him".

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.

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Lynch also says that Comey never raised any concerns with her regarding the email investigation.

However, Comey neglected to tell the president-elect that the aforementioned dossier was funded by his political opponents.

"I hope not because 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", he said.

"I'm sure that it was a factor". "And yet he would say it and, "Everyone agrees, everyone says, everyone believes...'". And I was devastated when she lost".

He also spoke at length about his complicated relationship with former attorney general Loretta Lynch.

Comey also reflected on the controversy over Hillary Clinton's personal email account.

Trump has shown by his behavior and public comments - for instance by bemoaning how he can't control the Justice Department, that he sees them as symptoms of a corrupt establishment. "I thought I'd given enough to put him on notice as to what the essence of the material was". "The most important being truth".

Many people, including Clinton herself, still believe that would be the case but for the re-opening of an FBI investigation into her emails late on in the campaign.

"The loyalty oaths, the boss as the dominant center of everything, it's all about, "How do you serve the boss, what's in the boss" interests?' It's the family, the family, the family, the family", he said. We've drifted away from that day.

"Had you shifted to collecting evidence of a crime?" The FBI drove this investigation and we did it in a competent and independent way.

There is no indication Mr 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.

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