Former FBI Director James Comes spoke with USA TODAY in his Virginia home Friday for an exclusive sit-down interview ahead of the release of his new book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.
Speaking to George Stephanopoulos at his Virginia home, Comey doubled down on his take of Trump being a volatile, immoral, mob boss of a leader who has no regard for law or order.
Comey, who ran the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly four years, portrays the president in the book as a liar, dumb and rude, and he compares elements of Trump's behaviour to that of a Mafia boss.
It was important the pressure for ending the investigation was issued in a phone call and not in a written document, former FBI assistant Director Ronald Hosko told TheDCNF. "This president is not able to do that", he said. "I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible".
"Obviously, President Trump and all his supporters seem to hate him and same with Hillary Clinton and all her supporters, and it's really a remarkable come together", Halper said.
"There's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice", Comey said. "And bad things happen in forest fires", Comey said.
Comey, in his own telling, says he likely treated Clinton more harshly because the polls showed that she was likely to win the presidential election. "And I was devastated when she lost". "I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been because I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump, and so I'm sure that it was a factor", Comey said during the interview.
Prosecutors indicated in court filings last week that Cohen has been under criminal investigation for months by the United States attorney in Manhattan and that, unrelated to the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, a grand jury has been hearing evidence in the case.
Comey told Stephanopoulos that he sees Trump and his team as acting similarly to mafia families in making people feel as if they are part of the family, and in turn, expecting these people to act according to the families' best interests. She wrote in her book that he "shivved" her.
Asked about Trump's use last week of the words "slime ball" to describe Comey, Ryan said: "I don't use words like that".
Though Comey did not vote in the election, he said he privately supported Clinton, as did his wife and four daughters. "He was very emotional and said he had seen the news and that he meant to resign because he wouldn't work for people who would treat someone like me in such a dishonorable way and that he was gonna quit". You know you're in odd waters when the Republican National Committee dedicates a section of its web site to "Lyin Comey", a piling on of anti-Comey criticism, before the book is even officially released. "A man's man would just go back and listen and say, "This is wrong what happened here" or memorialize it in a proper document", he said, adding "you have these awesome men and women in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, if you really believe something is going on then sick them on him".