Comey said he believed from the outset in the credibility of the source who wrote the dossier, former a British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
Comey also testified a year ago that he gave some of his memos of conversations he had with Trump to a Columbia University professor, but that he had written the memos specifically to avoid including classified information.
Comey interpreted it as a directive to drop the criminal investigation of Michael Flynn, who had just been forced out from his post as National Security Adviser the day before.
If you thought the disdain between Donald Trump and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey would fizzle away, Sunday surely allayed any prospect of a truce.
"Don't just throw out sound bytes to go viral without letting me finish the sentence", she said.
"The deputy attorney general, in my view, had acted dishonorably by putting out this pretext about why I was sacked", Comey told Stephanopoulos. He criticizes Mr. Trump as "unethical, and untethered to truth" and compares him to a mob boss.
"Unbelievably, James Comeystates that Polls, where Crooked Hillary was leading, were a factor in the handling (stupidly) of the Clinton Email probe", Trump tweeted.
For many Women's Marchers and other passionate Trump critics, there's a lot to relate to in the public emoting of former FBI Director James Comey. Comey again defended his actions, saying he made what he thought was the best decision at the time.
Comey's book, which leaked out last week ahead of its official release Tuesday, takes on the president who fired him in May 2017 over the troubling Russian Federation election meddling investigation, a probe that poses a deep threat to Trump's 15-month-old presidency. He has some of the same concerns about his moral character as I have and, indeed, as many of Trump's own voters had when they pulled the lever for him.
"First of all, it's unusual for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and the president to be alone at all", Comey said. Trump has called the special counsel probe a "witch hunt" and repeatedly insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation.
The insult slinging has officially begun, and neither Trump nor Comey minced their words. Comey responded, "Possibly. It's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice".
"People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values", he said. "That is the core of this country".