"He has taken his private conversations with the president and monetised them".
"I'm about to meet a person who doesn't know me, who's just been elected president of the United States..."
Petraeus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified information in 2015. But I hope in the most important way.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders attacked Comey's credibility during Friday afternoon's briefing.
"The way [Director Comey] handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong, " Rosenstein wrote.
Trump's camp had the heavy artillery ready to go the day after Comey's interview - summoning Kellyanne Conway to the airwaves to perform damage control.
In his interview Sunday, Comey said Trump could be guilty of obstruction of justice in the way he tried to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to drop a probe of one of his staff in early 2017. Comey was sacked by Trump in May a year ago because of his investigation into "this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russia".
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"And I remember thinking, "How could your wife think there's a 1 percent chance you were with prostitutes peeing on each other in Moscow?' I'm a flawed human being, but there is literally zero chance that my wife would think that was true".
Asked, "was President Trump obstructing justice?" If he does, most legal experts believe that order would have to go through Rosenstein. Trump had denied asking Comey to stop investigating Flynn.
"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. "He has a very deft way of making things about him". "I mean, why am I alone?" Put simply, Comey thinks Trump is a bad person.
"His leadership is transactional, ego-driven and about personal loyalty", wrote Comey, according to the New York Times, continuing the unprecedented assault on a sitting US President by a high government official. He shouldn't have done it.
Comey said that he would not favour impeaching Trump, because that "would let the American people off the hook" and the public was "duty bound" to vote Trump out of office in the next election. "I don't think so". "As far as I know, everybody does what they do for money".
"I'd be a insane person to make it up", he continued. "My loyalty's supposed to be to the American people and to the institution", Comey said in the interview. James Comey is a secret John Green fan. "And I knew him well and still... thought highly of him then, still think highly of him, and I said, 'Please don't do that".
"The challenge of this President is that he will stain everyone around him". Where are we as a country?
Stephanopoulos pushed him on the question, saying "That's stunning". "So on the one hand you're inclined to like him automatically-or at least I am because I'm contrarian like that-but on the other hand, he's so self-aggrandizing and so self-righteous and such a moralizer that I think he really does a disservice to both himself and the institutions that he ostensively used to represent". And no one would begrudge you leaving. "I tried to ask the most critical questions about the critical decisions he made".