James Comey's ABC Interview: Five Highlights

James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the

Former FBI chief James Comey described President Donald Trump as "morally unfit to be president" in an interview with the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) on Sunday in his first interview after being fired in May of past year.

In the four-hour interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Comey said he does not think Trump is "medically unfit to be president", but rather "morally unfit to be president".

In his book "A Higher Loyalty", set for release tomorrow, Comey assails Trump as "ego driven" and "unethical, and untethered to truth and institutional values".

Former FBI Director James Comey will break his silence Sunday night in an exclusive interview with ABC News. "He said, again, 'I need loyalty.' And I said, 'You will always get honesty from me, '" Comey recalled telling Mr. Trump. Trump said in one of a series of tweets fired off on Sunday before the interview.

He says he knows that's a "stunning" possibility and something that he never thought he'd say about a president of the United States.

Donald Trump has claimed ex-FBI boss James Comey conspired to get Hillary Clinton off the hook after an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into her emails. "I confess, I stared at it pretty closely and my reaction was, 'It most take a heck of a lot of time in the morning, but it's impressively coifed'". "This president does not reflect the values of this country".

He said: "Possibly. I mean, it's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice".

Trump fired Comey in May, a decision that eventually led to the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia's 2016 election meddling and whether Trump has deliberately tried to obstruct the investigation.

He said Sessions responded by not meeting his gaze, darting his eyes around, and letting Comey know he was on his own.

Mr Trump's adviser Kellyanne Conway accused Mr Comey of peddling a "revisionist version of history" and sinking into the "gutter" with petty comments about the size of Mr Trump's hands and the length of his tie.

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. Trump said on Twitter early Sunday.

Comey testified before Congress Trump's quest for loyalty made him uncomfortable.

Reuters and other news outlets have obtained copies of Mr Comey's book before its formal release.

If ABC News' Sunday night special about James Comey felt condensed, that's because almost five hours of interview was compressed into an hour-long program. "I think he's morally unfit to be president", said Comey. But what he has to say tells us something about the current president. "His "memos" are self serving and FAKE!"

By the spring of 2016, Comey said it was becoming clear that no charges would be brought against Clinton and he began drafting a statement explaining that decision.

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