Trump unleashes torrent of rage against Comey

Former FBI director James Comey told associates Donald Trump was

Former FBI director James Comey told associates Donald Trump was"outside the realm of normal and"crazy

Former FBI director James Comey sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos tonight to promote his new book, A Higher Loyalty.

Mr Comey's comments in the interview are nearly certain to escalate his war of words with the president and further erode a relationship marked by open hostility and name-calling. Mr. Trump's early-morning missives slammed the ex-director as a "slimeball", while simultaneously casting Comey as someone he "hardly knew".

Parts of the interview are likely to revive the fury of Clinton supporters who think he cost her the presidency by reopening the email investigation less than two weeks before the election.

A further line of media attack on Cohen and Trump was opened up by McClatchy Newspapers Friday, when it published a report claiming that special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating unproven allegations of "meddling" by Russia in the 2016 elections, has evidence that Cohen was in Prague for a meeting with Russian emissaries in the late summer of 2016, at the height of the presidential election campaign.

"I started to tell him about the allegation was that he had been involved with prostitutes in a hotel in Moscow in 2013", Comey says in the clip.

When Stephanopoulos asked Comey whether he believed Trump should be impeached, Comey said USA citizens need to "fight" for American values, and that "impeachment, in a way, would short circuit that". Flynn has since pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia's ambassador and is now cooperating with the Mueller investigation.

Comey also said he thinks it's possible that Trump might be compromised by the Russians.

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Comey later adds, "It always struck me and still strikes me as unlikely, and I would have been able to say with high confidence about any other President I dealt with, but I can't". However, he conceded that he "should've worked harder to find a way to convey that it's more than just the ordinary mistake, but it's not criminal behavior".

"I'm about to meet a person who doesn't know me, who's just been elected president of the United States". Previously, Comey's defenders have argued that a Russian intelligence document the Federal Bureau of Investigation received in early 2016 suggesting Lynch would protect Clinton in some fashion from the email probe meant that he had to cut her out of the final decision-making process. But, she said, "if they feel there was any wrongdoing, they should certainly look into that just as they do on a number of other topics".

Comey asked referring to Trump's actions.

The president insisted Comey is a "leaker and a liar" and called for him to be prosecuted for leaking "classified" information.

"Do you think the Russians have something on Donald Trump?".

By the spring of that year, Comey said it was becoming clear that no charges would be brought against Clinton and he began drafting a statement explaining that decision. But he added that Comey "speaks from a deep ethical place, and he's saying some things that he thinks the country needs to say and needs to hear". The polls swung considerably against Hillary Clinton after Comey's October 28 announcement, and didn't recover when he declared two days before the election that the investigation hadn't actually turned up anything incriminating about her. And I'm sure a whole lotta people have a view of me based on that. I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been.

At the time, Comey said his team advised him there was no way to go through the trove of new emails by election day and he agonized over the decision to make their existence known so close to the national vote.

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