5 key takeaways from Comey's interview ahead of tell-all book release
Added 04-16-18 02:37:02am EST - “Ahead of the release of his much-anticipated memoir, former FBI director James Comey has spoken to ABC about his views on Donald Trump, Trump's nemesis Hillary Clinton, as well as Russia. RT has picked 5 most interesting scoops.” - Rt.com
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Comey is the latest author set to make a fortune from a damning tell-all book about Trump. Titled 'A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership,' his book paints a predictably unflattering picture of Trump, who fired Comey in May 2017 over his handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for classified emails during her time as secretary of state. Ahead of the book's release, Comey sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos for an almost equally hyped-up mammoth interview. Here are some of the more interesting points.
Speculations about Trump's potential ties to the Kremlin keep swirling without producing much in the way of evidence. Among them are rumors that Moscow has some damaging materials on Trump that it can use as leverage against him. Outlined in the infamous Steele Dossier are some salacious details about Trump's stay in Moscow during a beauty pageant (keywords 'pee tape'). Asked if he believes Moscow could possibly be holding Trump on a tight leash, Comey essentially said that he has no clue.
"I think it's possible. I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible," he told ABC News' chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos, before adding that it "always struck and still strikes" him as "unlikely." Most mainstream US media chose to latch onto the "it's possible" part, though.
Speaking about his decision to go public about the FBI restarting the Hillary Clinton email probe, Comey conceded that part of his inner reasoning might have been that Clinton should not have a skeleton in a closet once she becomes president – which he had no doubt that she would.
“I don’t remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been… That — that she’s going to be elected president, and if I hide this from the American people, she’ll be illegitimate the moment she’s elected, the moment this comes out,” Comey said.
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