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Trump calls Comey 'Slippery' in Twitter attack, ahead of interview, book release

Trump calls Comey 'Slippery' in Twitter attack, ahead of interview, book release

Comey wrote in "A Higher Loyalty" that he assumed Clinton would win - as virtually every major poll suggested - and that he didn't want to tarnish Clinton's presidency as illegitimate if it were to be learned later that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had withheld the information.

He said that when Trump asked him privately to drop the investigation of Flynn - an allegation Trump has denied - it was "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice". Trump seized on that, saying Comey "was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job".

'It shows me he either doesn't know or doesn't care what the rule of law looks like, ' he said.

Comey's comments in an ABC News interview broadcast Sunday were nearly certain to escalate his war of words with the president.

"What I think will make some ripples are the additional details that are provided in some of those anecdotes that he's telling", said Lachlan Markay, White House Correspondent at The Daily Beast.

"A person who sees moral equivalence in Charlottesville, who talks about and treats women like they're pieces of meat, who lies constantly about matters big and small and insists the American people believe it, that person's not fit to be president of the United States".

Trump jabbed back over the Hillary Clinton email investigation, saying Comey and others "committed many crimes!" Trump, of course, has not been silent: He last week called Comey a "slimeball", spiking a 60,000% increase in Webster searches for the word.

He added: "I don't know whether any of this true, but this is what he said".

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And added, "We are prepared to sustain this response until the Syrian regime stops its use of prohibited chemical agents". Trump called out Putin along with the leadership in Iran for backing Assad, who he referred to as "Animal Assad".

And last week federal agents in NY raided the office and hotel room of Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, possibly in connection with secret hush payments he made to women claiming they had affairs with Trump. "It would depend and - and I'm just a witness in this case, not the investigator or prosecutor, it would depend upon other things that reflected on his intent".

"With that direction, was President Trump obstructing justice?"

Comey said it was possible, too, that the Russians might have material that could be used to blackmail Trump.

And Comey's advice for the nation includes old-school virtues like balancing confidence with humility - qualities, he says, that he saw up close in encounters with Republican President George W. Bush and Democrat Barack Obama. "The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him", he told ABC, which aired an edited version of the interview but published a full transcript. "And awful things happen in forest fires", Comey said. "I'm trying to be an author", he said, "and bring the reader into the room".

"This is nothing more than a poorly executed PR stunt by Comey to desperately rehabilitate his tattered reputation and enrich his own bank account by peddling a book that belongs in the bargain bin of the fiction section", she said.

A copy of former FBI Director James Comey's new book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership", is on display, April 13, 2018, in NY.

As he has in the past, Comey offered a vigorous defence of his handling of the Clinton email investigation.

Write to us in the Comments Section or on our Facebook page. On CNN's "New Day" this morning, the gloves came off in an exchange between presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway and CNN anchor and Democratic scion Chris Cuomo.