James Comey gives first interview since President Trump fired him

James Comey gives first interview since President Trump fired him

President Donald Trump hurled a new set of insults on James Comey on Sunday, challenging accusations the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director makes in a tell-all book that is due for release this week and insisting that he never pressed Comey to be loyal to him.

His comments come ahead of an ABC News interview with Mr Comey to be aired on Sunday as part of his book tour.

"Unbelievably, James Comey states that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe", Trump wrote on Twitter.

"Wasn't the decision to reveal influenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win, and your concern that, she wins, this comes out several weeks later and then that's taken by her opponents as a sign that she's an illegitimate president?", Stephanopoulos asks.

"As far as I know", the outgoing Republican leader answered.

"I started to tell him about the allegation was that he had been involved with prostitutes in a hotel in Moscow in 2013", Comey says in the clip.

-With files from Reuters.

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He was sacked by Trump in May 2017.

The interviews are Comey's first public comments since he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee last June, when he accused Trump of firing him to undermine the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. But he says he believes he did the right thing by going before the cameras and making his statement, noting that the Justice Department had done so in other high-profile cases.

Not long after the investigation got rolling, Trump made a decision to fire James Comey as head of the FBI, resulting in Robert Mueller taking over as special counsel.

Comey's new book, replete with highly unflattering characterizations of Trump, is garnering wide attention in advance of its release.

The tirade followed news accounts of Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership", which paints a deeply unflattering picture of Trump, comparing him to a mob boss who stresses personal loyalty over the law and has little regard for morality or truth. "It must have been", he said, adding he was "operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump". Trump used the investigation as a cudgel in the campaign and repeatedly said Clinton should be jailed for using a personal email system while serving as secretary of state.

Mr. Trump balked at that description, writing on Twitter, "Was she promised a Supreme Court seat, or AG, in order to lay off Hillary".

"James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR".

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