Comey: Belief Clinton would win election 'factor' in email probe

16 April, 2018, 01:52 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 U.S.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to unload on James Comey over his forthcoming memoir, calling him "slippery", suggesting he should be in jail and labeling him "the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!"

In fact, Trump has struggled to find lawyers to handle Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election and any potential coordination with Trump's campaign, and investigators in NY say they took Cohen's materials in the Monday raid because his communications with clients could be part of the commission of a crime.

In the book Comey compares President Donald Trump to a mob boss, mocks the president's clothing, mocks the president's hands and even mocks the president's height. Mr. Trump added, in a jab at Lynch and Clinton's claims that Clinton saw the attorney general on the tarmac and boarded her plane to say hello.

Trump also hit back against Comey reiterating in the memoir that the president had specifically asked for Comey's "loyalty" in his role as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Comey has indeed faced criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike - and the release of his book gives him a high-profile platform to defend himself. Eastern Time in his first television interview since being fired by President Donald Trump past year. Comey violated FBI's policies for handling sensitive government documents and may have broken the law by mishandling classified documents.

The former FBI director, who was abruptly fired by Trump a year ago, announced in July 2016 that he would not recommend charges in the investigation of Clinton's email practices.

In the book, which is available April 17, " Comey also reveals details about the way in which the authorities had high-value information he thinks could have already been utilized to throw doubt on attorneygeneral Loretta Lynch's independence in the Clinton probe.

Trump has furiously lashed out at Comey in recent days.

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"It was my great honor to fire James Comey!".

"They've been under attack. We're just another player in the tribal battle".

Clinton has previously said she believes Comey's announcement played a part in her losing the presidency. "It was smaller than mine, but did not seem unusually so", Comey reportedly wrote in his book, describing the moment he first met the president past year.

Trump was anxious there was a chance his wife, Melania Trump, would believe the allegations.

Trump, who criticized Comey repeatedly before and after he fired him, denounced him on Twitter on Friday: "James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR", he said.

"There's no way I would let people pee on each other around me". Trump also said in what so far has been the final tweet on the subject.

Leaked excerpts have detailed Comey's mistrust of Trump, whom he describes as "ego driven" and "untethered to truth".

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