Russian Federation may be entrapping Trump: Ex-FBI chief Comey

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Hours before the interview, however, Trump took to Twitter to hit back at Comey with a pair of berating tweets, dubbing his book as "badly reviewed" and calling him the worst Federal Bureau of Investigation director in history, while also hinting that he could be sent to jail for lying to Congress and illegally disclosing classified information. In a statement Sunday, Lynch said she was simply following longstanding Justice Department protocol against confirming or denying the existence of an investigation. "People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values".

The comments were made in Comey's first interview since writing his book, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership", which is scheduled for release Tuesday.

Excerpts of the book released last week paint a devastating portrait of the president as a congenital liar and an unethical leader. The director had recorded notes of every encounter between him and the president.

Mr Trump seized on that, saying Mr Comey, "was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job". But what he has to say tells us something about the current president.

Comey said he urged Kelly to remain in the administration.

According to the transcript and video of the interview posted online, Comey describes warning Trump about what may be the most infamous allegation in a dossier of claims involving Trump and Russian Federation, parts of which remain unverified. "I think he's morally unfit to be president", Comey said.

Comey says he was just as surprised as everyone else that he was sacked in the middle of an important ongoing investigation: "I thought it's insane to fire me".

He also said he was anxious the president may be open to blackmail by Russian Federation over alleged incidents involving prostitutes in Moscow in 2013.

Both Trump and the former-FBI director discussed the alleged dossier during their first meeting in Trump Tower before the inauguration.

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The Clinton probe was already public, Comey said, whereas the FBI's examination of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation was in its early stages. "I don't know", Comey said of the Russians.

In a separate interview with USA Today, Comey - in a reference to salacious allegations contained in an unverified dossier created by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele - said it is hard "to explain some things without at least leaving your mind open" to the possibility that such compromising information exists. "Just another of his many lies", Mr Trump tweeted, adding that he would go down as the "worst FBI Director in history, by far". In the book, Comey compares Trump to a mafia don and calls his leadership of the country "ego driven and about personal loyalty".

It also lifts the curtain on his dealings with President Trump, calling the president a bully who is "untethered to the truth".

Comey insisted that Trump knew he "was doing something improper".

Asked about Trump's use last week of the words "slime ball" to describe Comey, Ryan said: "I don't use words like that".

Hillary Clinton says Comey cost her the White House by reopening the Clinton email investigation just 11 days before the 2016 election.

"I was trying to be honest and clear with the American people".

"He had impressively coiffed hair, his tie was too long as it always is, he looked slightly orange up close with small white half-moons under his eyes, which I assume are from tanning goggles", he said.

But having helped deliver the Trump presidency, Comey is now going out of his way to deliver the Trump impeachment proceedings.

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