This file photo taken on January 22, 2017 shows US Vice President Mike Pence, 2nd left, shaking hands with then FBI Director James Comey, right, watched by Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy, left, and US President Donald Trump, 3rd right, during the reception for law enforcement officers and first responders in the Blue Room of the White House.
James Comey, who was sacked by Trump a year ago amid an FBI investigation of possible ties between Russia's meddling in the U.S. election and Trump's 2016 campaign, made his comments in an interview with ABC News on Sunday, saying Trump may be vulnerable to blackmail by Russian Federation.
The book's imminent release - and the slated ABC News interview - prompted Trump to hurl a new set of insults at Comey earlier on Sunday, challenging accusations made in the book, and insisting that he never pressed Comey to be loyal to him.
Comey, who ran the Federal Bureau of Investigation for nearly four years, portrays the president in the book as a liar, dumb and rude, and he compares elements of Trump's behaviour to that of a Mafia boss. 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.
The man who served as Trump's Federal Bureau of Investigation director until the president fired him in May said the truth, the rule of law and integrity were "things [that] matter before any fights about policies" like whether the USA should build a border wall or more strictly regulate the sale guns.
Days prior to the 2016 election, Comey sent a letter to Congress announcing his intention to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails after discovering additional emails on the former Rep. Anthony Weiner's computer while investigating him for alleged sexting with a underage girl.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders attacked Comey's credibility during Friday afternoon's briefing. In a written statement to the committee, Comey claimed that Trump had asked him for "loyalty".
Stephanopoulos also asked Comey if he thinks the President has been compromised by the Russians. Trump said in a tweet.
In an interview on ABC Sunday night, Comey's unsparing indictment of the president's character stood out from his equivocations on other matters, such as whether Trump has obstructed justice. The point, according to Comey, is that the story seems "possible", rather than outlandish, because of Trump's moral deficiencies.
"Values matter", Comey said. "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".
"He loves to divert the spotlight to himself and be the center of power", Conway told CNN's "New Day" Monday morning.
"In other words, he was making decisions based on the fact that he thought she was going to win, and he wanted a job", Trump tweeted.
When asked about his first impression of Trump, Comey said he was similar to how he "thought he looked on television". However, Comey also discusses the Clinton investigation and his handling of it, The Guardian reports.
"I hope folks read the whole thing and find it useful".