"Wasn't the decision to reveal [further investigation to Congress shortly before the election] influenced by your assumption that Hillary Clinton was going to win, and your concern that, she wins, this comes out several weeks later and then that's taken by her opponents as a sign that she's an illegitimate president?" host George Stephanopoulos asked Comey.
A new poll found that Americans think fired FBI director James Comey is "more believable" than President Donald Trump, and support the expansion of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Ryan, asked whether Comey was a man of integrity, said, "As far as I know" but added that he did not know him well.
Trump's allies are trying to avoid a repeat of the fallout from Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury", the hard-edged insider account of life in Trump's White House that caught many in the West Wing by surprise and dominated headlines for weeks.
Comey describes President Donald Trump's obsession with uncorroborated intelligence suggesting that Russian Federation had compromising material on him - specifically including footage of him watching prostitutes urinate on each other in a Moscow hotel room in 2013, while Trump was in town for the Miss Universe pageant.
In the book Comey compares President Donald Trump to a mob boss, mocks the president's clothing, mocks the president's hands and even mocks the president's height. The agency however closed the investigation in July 2016, and concluded that while Clinton was "extremely careless", it would not recommend filing any charges.
Comey, who was sacked by Trump past year, told ABC that a desire to ensure Clinton's victory was seen as legitimate played a role in his decision to announce the bureau would reopen the investigation, made 11 days before the election. Comey's demeanor, his choice of words, and his temperament will be very important to rebutting Trump allies who say: Don't listen. Comey said Trump was most fixated on the allegations about the prostitutes and said that Trump later asked him if he could investigate those claims.
Trump puts off Syria strike decision, will talk to allies
May has indicated she wants Britain to join in any USA -led strikes in response to the suspected attack near Damascus. Macron said Thursday that France would not tolerate "regimes that think everything is permitted".
"The pee tape is also just an avatar for the idea that the Russians have kompromat on him, and people I think for very good reason suspect the Russians very well might have kompromat on him", said Tim Miller, a Republican strategist and Trump opponent, using the Russian word for intelligence used to blackmail targets.
One week after the inauguration, Trump reportedly invited Comey to have dinner with him in the Green Room.
But much worse is the book's most stunning revelation, which is about Comey, not Mr Trump.
His silly theory is based on the findings contained in a fraudulent, debunked dossier pieced together during the 2016 presidential election at the behest of failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee. Comey admits that he did not vote for Obama, and financially supported his opponents, but writes glowingly of the Obama he came to know, describing him as "an extraordinary listener" and a man of kindness and intellect.
Comey's portrait is one of a megalomaniacal narcissist, someone drastically unfit for office and, as he writes in the book's final pages, someone who's a serious danger to the country. "I expect loyalty", Comey writes. Comey has said that some of the memos he wrote after meeting with Trump included classified material but that the one he passed to a friend did not. Each appearance will give President Trump the opportunity to get onto Twitter and send out a nasty-gram about Comey's real intentions.