Trump tweets Comey guilty of 'many crimes'

In this image released by ABC News former FBI director James Comey appears at an interview with George Stephanopoulos that will air during a primetime “20/20” special on Sunday

"Morally unfit." Former FBI director James Comey recently sat down with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos for his first TV interview since he was sacked by President Donald Trump in May 2017.

In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, fired FBI Director James Comey defended his controversial decisions during the 2016 campaign and asserted that the reputation of his agency - which operates under near daily siege from the president and his allies - "would be worse today had we not picked the least bad alternatives".

Trump tweeted Monday that Comey and his former deputy Andrew McCabe - both fired from their jobs - "committed many crimes" during their tenures.

While his decisions about the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the probe of Russian interference in the election may have marked an end to his long run in law enforcement, Comey maintained he would not do things much differently if he had a chance.

"This is not some tin-pot dictatorship where the leader of the country gets to say, 'The people I don't like go to jail, '" Comey told NPR in the latest in a series of interviews to promote his new book.

The ex-FBI director's book is scheduled to be published Tuesday, and he has begun a media tour that includes striking criticism of the president who fired him a year ago. Look around and you'll see headlines like "Comey calls Trump 'morally unfit to be president, '" "Comey compares Trump to mob boss", or "Comey: Trump treats women like they're 'meat'". The RNC has launched a "Lyin' Comey" website to discredit the former FBI Director.

Many Democrats blamed Comey for Clinton's defeat, as his revelation shifted momentum to Trump in the final news cycles of the campaigns. There is no indication he is under investigation for doing so. Where Comey talks about gradually filling a reservoir, the trademark Trump move, straight from the swamp, has been to strike deals based on shaky promises and then promptly burn through whatever credibility he brought to the table.

"Jim Comey loves to be in the center of power", Conway suggested.

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In the interview, Mr Comey said that it is "possible, but I don't know" whether Russian Federation has evidence to back allegations about Mr Trump's Moscow trip.

"Something else occurred to me about President Trump at that dinner that I found very instructive".

The contrast with the professional standards of Comey's future antagonist, Donald Trump, could not be greater.

The White House said Trump watched "bits and pieces" of the Comey interview, but not all of it.

Comey also discussed the Clinton email investigation during the broadcast. But he told ABC News that he believes there's evidence that the president obstructed justice and says he can't rule out that the Russians have compromising information on Trump. A Justice Department watchdog concluded that McCabe had misled Comey and investigators about a news media disclosure involving Hillary Clinton shortly before the 2016 presidential election. "The challenge of this president is that he will stain everyone around him", he told ABC, which aired an edited version of the interview but published a full transcript.

But Comey's invective will now feed the crackpot conspiracy theory of Trump partisans who are convinced that an organization made up primarily of conservative, white, middle-aged male cops is out to get a Republican president.

"So I worry sometimes people think I'm talking about politics".

Comey's book, "A Higher Loyalty", drives the publicity.

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