Former FBI Director James Comey said in his first TV interview since being fired past year that President Trump "possibly" committed obstruction of justice and it's "possible" the Russians have something compromising on the president.
Asked if he thinks the President has been compromised by the Russians, Comey said, "I think it's possible, I don't know", Comey said. "These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a president of the United States, but it's possible", Comey said.
"The most important being truth". He added: "But you can not have, as president of the United States, someone who does not reflect the values that I believe Republicans treasure and Democrats treasure and independents treasure".
He said it was shortly after the inauguration when Comey was called into the Oval Office, which is where he says the president asked him to close the investigation into Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation.
In multiple later interactions, Comey said Trump asked him to prove the allegations included in the dossier were false, in part because "if there's even a 1% chance my wife thinks that's true, that's bad".
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"I wish I wasn't saying it, but it's the truth". I can not say that (Trump is not subject to Russian blackmail).
Comey did not say if he thought Trump would be impeached over Robert Mueller's current investigation into alleged ties to the Kremlin, stating he was not abreast of new information since being fired. "It's possible", Comey said.
The tweet comes after ABC News aired its pre-taped interview with Comey, who Trump had sacked, which triggered appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to take over the Russian Federation probe.
In this image released by ABC News, correspondent George Stephanopoulos, left, appears with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey for a taped interview that will air during a primetime "20/20" special on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on the ABC Television Network.
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Mr Comey told ABC News that he believes there is "certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice".
He also compared him to a mafia boss, as he does in his book A Greater Loyalty (Flatiron Books) , which will be published next Tuesday and whose accusations have already flooded the American press.
Comey listed the episode as among the trio of events that influenced his widely criticized decision to announce the decision not to prosecute Clinton, even as he chided her for being "extremely careless" with her emails. Comey asked referring to Trump's actions. Trump called Comey an "untruthful slime ball" in a tweet and wrote that "it was my great honor to fire" him. "I think he's morally unfit to be President". Trump's legal fate may depend on whether he succeeds in undermining the credibility of Comey and the law enforcement institutions he views as arrayed against him.
In his book, Comey deferred to the Mueller investigation on the question of obstruction. That is just a taste of the many things that President Trump has been saying about Comey.
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