Asked if the president wanted the Justice Department to investigate Comey, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that she was not aware of a specific request. "This president is not able to do that".
In the ABC segment that aired on Friday (Saturday NZT), Stephanopoulos also asked Comey if he had disclosed to Trump the source of funding of the dossier, compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer. The investigation by Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election is reviewing whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey, and through other actions.
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Stephanopoulos pushed him on the question, saying "That's stunning".
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The former lawyer also compared the President to one of the mafia bosses he once took on, calling his leadership ego driven and about personal loyalty.
When asked about his first impression of Trump, Comey said he was similar to how he "thought he looked on television".
"I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia", Comey told ABC. "I don't follow him on Twitter, but I'm sure it's going to come", Comey said. "But instead, what I'm talking about is that leadership culture constantly comes back to me when I think about my experience with the Trump administration".
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Trump has denied asking for Comey's loyalty. "Our president must embody respect and adhere to the values that are at the core of this country", he explains. "He is morally unfit to be president".
Comey claims that at the beginning of Trump's term, the new president told him, "I need loyalty".
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He added that U.S. citizens need to "fight" for American values, and that "impeachment, in a way, would short-circuit that". He also fumed about Mueller, and considered firing the special counsel, along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose recusal from the Russian Federation probe led to Mueller's appointment by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.
Trump's firing of Comey set off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.
In a separate interview with USA Today, Comey - in a reference to salacious allegations contained in an unverified dossier created by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele - said it is hard "to explain some things without at least leaving your mind open" to the possibility that such compromising information exists. But Trump later told NBC's Lester Holt that "this Russian Federation thing" had been a factor in his decision.
Comey even describes Trump as a mob boss.running the oval office like a Godfather! 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".
The former FBI director said he still would've sent the letter reopening the investigation into the emails before the 2016 election, even though Clinton and her team blamed it for her loss.
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