"I don't know. These are more words I never thought I'd utter about a President of the United States, but it's possible", Comey told ABC News's George Stephanopoulos during a wide-ranging, five-hour long interview, a portion of which aired on Sunday evening, promoting his tell-all book "A Higher Loyalty", due out this week.
The wide-ranging interview with ABC News also came ahead of Tuesday's release of Comey's memoir, "A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership", in which he details his interactions with the Republican president.
The man who served as Trump's FBIÂ 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.
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"He brings it up and says he may want me to investigate it to prove that it didn't happen", said Comey.
Stephanopoulos pushed him on the question, saying "That's stunning".
"It's been really hard to put all the pieces together in our minds about, 'How does this all add up?'" he said. In a written statement to the committee, Comey claimed that Trump had asked him for "loyalty".
Trump fired Comey in May 2017, setting off a scramble at the Justice Department that led to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. I don't remember consciously thinking about that, but it must have been.
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Guerrero said that the TESS team is working on the ways to share those findings publicly. "So it's got to be there somewhere". Much like NASA's Kepler space observatory, TESS will use its high-spec tech to pinpoint undiscovered planets.
In a separate interview with USA Today, Comey - in a reference to salacious allegations contained in an unverified dossier created by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele - said it is hard "to explain some things without at least leaving your mind open" to the possibility that such compromising information exists.
"I find it hard to believe that Bill Clinton would've tried to obstruct justice by walking across the tarmac in front of.in front of a bunch of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents up the. stairs and onto an Federal Bureau of Investigation plane", he said. The investigation by Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 election is reviewing whether Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey, and through other actions.
For the most part, Comey avoided commenting on the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.
"Yes. But not in the way m- I often hear people talk about it", he said.
Should he have denied Trump's request to drop his investigation into his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn?
While Trump bore the brunt of his criticism, Comey also took aim at others - including Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, whom Trump has been contemplating removing from his post. The polls swung considerably against Hillary Clinton after Comey's October 28 announcement, and didn't recover when he declared two days before the election that the investigation hadn't actually turned up anything incriminating about her. "'Cause I was operating in a world where Hillary Clinton was going to beat Donald Trump".
Comey also reflected on the controversy over Hillary Clinton's personal email account. But, she said, "if they feel there was any wrongdoing, they should certainly look into that just as they do on a number of other topics".