Former FBI Director James Comey opens up in interview

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During the campaign, Comey never informed the public that he was investigating Trump's ties to Russian Federation. It also includes strikingly personal jabs at Trump that appear sure to irritate the president. But she quickly tried to clean things up, disputing ABC's headline, "Kellyanne Conway slams Comey: "This guy swung an election" as misleading on Twitter. When asked "was President Trump obstructing justice?" 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.

He had already attacked Comey on Friday, calling him "a proven LEAKER & LIAR" who should be prosecuted for leaking classified information. "My loyalty's supposed to be to the American people and to the institution", Comey said in the interview.

On Sunday night, former #FBI Director #James Comey gave his first interview since being fired by Donald Trump previous year.

A number of Trump supporters - like Scott Presler - defended the president, thanking him for firing Mr Comey.

Trump has not tweeted since the airing of the interview.

Comey's account lands at a particularly sensitive moment for Trump and the White House.

The Republican National Committee has helped with the pushback effort against Comey for his book by launching a website and supplying surrogates with talking points that question his credibility.

Mr Comey was sacked in May 2017, with officials accusing him of mishandling the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of email. 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.

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That argument was startling given that Comey's handling of the email investigation, including his disclosure shortly before the election that the FBI had reopened its probe, enraged Democrats.

"The FBI got information that there was somebody who had had- was a foreign policy advisor named Papadopoulos to the Trump campaign....who had been talking to someone in London about getting dirt that the Russians had on Hillary Clinton as part of their effort to influence our campaign- the- our election".

Lynch says she was simply following longstanding Justice Department protocol against confirming or denying the existence of an investigation.

In his testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee a year ago, Comey said he believes the President asked him to "drop any investigation of Flynn", a reference to former national security adviser Michael Flynn. There is no indication Comey is under investigation for doing either.

The hour-long interview, cut from a reported five-hour conversation, had begun on more uncomfortable ground for Mr Comey.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said, however, he'd still be working for the government had he not been removed.

"The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him", he told ABC. Comey also revealed during the hearing that he documented his interactions with Trump because he was "concerned" that the President "might lie about the nature of our meeting".

The thought of having dinner alone with Trump at the White House made Comey "deeply uncomfortable", he wrote, because he feared that the president wanted to compromise the FBI's integrity and independence and was waging "an effort to establish a patronage relationship" with him.