Comey: President's call to put him in jail isn't 'normal'

Former FBI Director James Comey gave a searing interview about his encounters with President Donald Trump to ABC News on Sund
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19 April, 2018

"Normally FBI directors are as closed lipped as possible".

A Trump supporter and 2016 GOP presidential candidate, Christie was particularly critical of Comey suggesting that his decision to reveal he would revisit the email case was influenced by polling that showed Clinton, a Democrat, likely to win the 2016 White House race over Trump.

While ABC aired one hour of its conversation with Comey, it had conducted a five-hour interview with him, a transcript of which was obtained by The New York Times.

The media appearance is Comey's latest as part of a promotional tour for the release of his new book, "A Higher Loyalty".

Trump has denied asking Comey to stop investigating Flynn and insisted he never asked for loyalty.

The ex-FBI chief's comments in an ABC News interview are nearly certain to escalate his war of words with the president.

Comey had testified before Congress that his decision to make the public announcement in July 2016 - something that rarely happens when investigators decide not to pursue charges - came because of political pressure he said he felt from Attorney General Loretta Lynch to downplay the investigation.

"It's certainly some evidence of obstruction of justice". It was not immediately clear what Trump was referencing in his contention that Comey lied in testimony before congressional committees.

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Former FBI Director James Comey says it's "not OK" or "not normal" for the president to call for the jailing of private citizens. "His "memos" are self serving and FAKE!"

Trump celebrated the fact "McCabe was caught, called out and fired".

Trump has denied he asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to FBI investigators about his contacts with Russia's ambassador to the United States.Trump has also used Twitter to call Comey a liar and called for his imprisonment.

"I just think they've lost their way and I can't be associated with it", Comey said in the interview.

But in an interview with NBC News two days after the firing, Trump made clear the letter was not the real reason, and suggested that the Russian Federation probe was behind his thinking. I hardly even knew this guy. Comey responded that the potential move "would, I hope, set off alarm bells that this is his most serious attack yet on the rule of law". Comey answered, "it's possible". Flynn and two of the president's campaign aides, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, have pleaded guilty and are cooperating with Mueller.

FILE - Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, leaves the federal courthouse after his hearing in Washington, Feb. 28, 2018. "I don't buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages of dementia", Comey said. There is no indication he is under investigation for doing so.

Trump made the denial as a new book by Comey added fuel to allegations that Trump may have engaged in criminal obstruction of justice when he dismissed Comey on May 9, 2017.

The admission led to strong criticism from Trump.


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