Comey: I Announced Review Of Clinton Emails To Protect Legitimacy Of Election

Former FBI Director James Comey, speaking of the man who fired him, said in his much-anticipated interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos that President Donald Trump is "morally unfit to be president".

Comey confirmed that the investigation into possible Trump campaign collaboration with Russian Federation was sparked by adviser George Papadopoulos talking to an Australian diplomat, which the FBI learned about in late July, and "the FBI didn't get any information that's part of the so-called Steele dossier, as I understand it, until after that".

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

In both the interview and the book, Comey - served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2013 until Trump fired him in May - describes the president as being "morally unfit" to hold office.

"Values matter. This President does not reflect the values of this country", he said of Donald Trump. "Lot more flexibility there", Comey said, adding that "they're still required to tell the truth". Comey is blasting President Donald Trump as unethical and "untethered to truth" and his leadership of the country as "ego driven and about personal loyalty".

Comey claimed that in one of his meetings with Trump, which he had previously described in public congressional testimony, Trump brought up the investigation of his one-time national security adviser Michael Flynn and asked if the FBI director could "let it go".

Trump was probably referring in his tweet to Comey's decision in July 2016 to clear Hillary Clinton of criminal wrongdoing in her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

"He didn't ask me whether anything happened that troubled me, and I didn't say, for reasons discussed above".

Trump fired 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.

"Comey says he did not want to be political, yet so far every decision appears based on the assumption that he expected her to win", Maccallum tweeted.

In another tweet, Trump offered a mini-review of Comey's memoir.

"He strikes me as a person of above average intelligence who's tracking conversations and knows what's going on".

JAMES COMEY: My impression was he looked exactly like he did on television, except he looked shorter to me than he did on television, but otherwise exactly the same.

To recap: 1) The president is morally unfit.

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch is defending her actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation following criticism from former FBI Director James Comey. I don't remember spelling it out, but it had to have been.

The president, of course, held nothing back, either - though he was somewhat less sophisticated - calling Comey "slippery", a "slime ball" and "the WORST FBI Director in history" on Twitter.

To Comey, Trump is everything a president shouldn't be.

The Clinton probe was already public, Mr Comey said, whereas the FBI's examination of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation was in its early stages.

The publicity tour - and the book - will be the first time the American public has heard extensively from Comey since his explosive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June of a year ago. It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I would've been able to say with high confidence about any other president I dealt with, but I can't.

So partly for that reason, he said, he chose to announce on his own his recommendation that no charges be filed in the Clinton case.