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Trump, aides fire back at Comey on Twitter

James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the James Comey testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia's alleged interference in the
Melinda Barton | 15 April, 2018, 23:17

The Associated Press purchased a copy this week. By that point, Trump had already lectured Comey extensively on why the "pee tape" allegations couldn't possibly be true.

"One of the pivotal questions I presume that Bob Mueller's team is investigating is whether or not in urging me to back the FBI off our investigation of his national security adviser and in firing me, President Trump was attempting to obstruct justice, which is a federal crime". "M$3 y concern about making her an illegitimate president by concealing the restarted investigation bore greater weight than it would have if the election appeared closer or if Donald Trump were ahead in the polls", he wrote.Clinton herself has said she thinks Comey's handling of the email probe ultimately caused her loss. Regarding a private dinner with Trump where the president demanded loyalty, Comey compared it to the Mafia induction ceremony of Sammy (The Bull) Gravano.

The full interview will air Sunday at 10 p.m. "It's possible, but I don't know", Comey told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

In an interview broadcast on Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Comey discussed his initial encounters previous year with Trump, who took office on January 20, 2017. Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee helped fund the research.

The US president lives in "a cocoon of alternative reality" that he tried to pull others around him into, Comey adds, according to The Washington Post.

The dossier was compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele about Trump's ties to Russian Federation and included an allegation that involved prostitutes urinating on one another in a hotel room while Trump watched.

"He said if there's even a 1 per cent chance my wife thinks that's true, that's awful", Comey recalled.

"I don't remember consciously thinking about that", Comey said, "but it must have been". Mueller is also conducting the obstruction of justice investigation, including the circumstances behind Comey's firing.

According to White House archives, Comey, now 57, graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1982. Comey's current claims very well may have inherent news value for what they tell us about the current president's conduct - we can evaluate these claims against an existing set of known facts about that conduct - and there's no reason that critics of Comey's previous conduct toward Clinton are somehow disqualified from saying so. He casts Trump as a mobsterlike figure who sought to blur the line between law enforcement and politics and tried to pressure him personally regarding his Russian Federation investigation. But still, Trump today casually suggested he's retroactively pleased he fired Comey because he failed to "LOCK HER UP!"

The book also includes strikingly personal jabs at Trump that appear created to irritate the president.

Trump fired Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Unlike Michael Wolff's "Fire & Fury", which caught the White House unawares when it was published in January, the administration had weeks to polish its rebuttal rhetoric for Comey's book.