"The FBI didn't get any information that's part of the so-called Steele dossier, as I understand it, until after that", he said.
In his book, according to leaked excerpts, Comey wrote he might have subconsciously viewed her as the next president. Trump said in one of a series of tweets fired off Sunday before the interview. "I think he's morally unfit to be president", he said. "Impeachment, in a way, would short-circuit that". On the other hand, we all know that Trump is not simply a liar but is also one of history's most profligate liars.
He likened the Trump presidency to a "forest fire".
He says there's "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice", though he notes that he's just a witness in the case and not an investigator or prosecutor. That should be of great interest to historians, but it still doesn't tell us whether to believe Comey or Trump about what went on between them.
In his book, Comey deferred to the Mueller investigation on the question of obstruction. Trump wrote in one of five Twitter posts aimed directly at the fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.
"This is somebody who wants a payday", said Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, told CNN.
"We had the problem that President Obama had twice publicly basically said, "There's no there, there" in an interview with- on Fox, an interview on 60 Minutes I think, both times he said that", Comey said.
He continued: "3 presidents are in my book: 2 help illustrate the values at the heart of ethical leadership; 1 serves as a counterpoint".
Hours before the interview was shown, the president, who fired Comey a year ago, unleashed a Twitter outburst that labeled Comey "slippery", suggested he should be put in jail and branded him "the WORSTFBI Director in history, by far!" On Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Comey "will be forever known as a disgraced partisan hack".
But that wasn't Trump's only complaint over a book that appeared to agitate him and those in the White House last week after members of the media obtained unreleased copies of the book.
Days prior to the 2016 election, Comey sent a letter to Congress announcing his intention to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails after discovering additional emails on the former Rep. Anthony Weiner's computer while investigating him for alleged sexting with a underage girl. "I think he felt a pressure in the political environment because he wanted Hillary Clinton to be elected, to give her a shot in the arm". In addition to receiving a confused call from his wife Patrice, who had heard that he was sacked before hearing it from Comey directly, and then getting a call from a different friend, Comey says he also got a call from then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, who now serves as Trump's chief of staff.
Last summer, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Comey also revealed during the hearing that he documented his interactions with Trump because he was "concerned" that the President "might lie about the nature of our meeting".
In the immediate wake of his sudden firing by Trump, Comey received several concerned phone calls.
He may be a witness for any charges of obstruction of justice under consideration by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating connections between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
"We find that Mr. Comey has a revisionist view of history and seems like a disgruntled ex-employee, afterall he was sacked", Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway added. 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".